DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - Every spring, a group of city officials celebrates the arrival of Norooz, the Persian New Year, with a ceremony in City Hall.
The tradition continues on Friday, March 22, at 10 a.m. The celebration regularly includes speeches from dignitaries and leaders in the Persian-American community, as well as a display of the haft sin, seven types of food that each start with the letter S and have symbolic meaning.
Although the Downtown celebration once included a lunch at City Hall, in 2010 local stakeholders instead donated money to feed the homeless at the Midnight Mission in Skid Row.
There was a twist on that tradition last week, as on Friday, March 15, the mission hosted a three-hour Norooz festival, with food, entertainment including dance ensembles, and clothing and toy donations. The Nowruz (an alternate spelling of the holiday) Committee is underwriting 13 days of meal service at the mission in honor of the 13-day holiday. The City Hall event is open to the public, and attendees are asked to arrive by 9:30 a.m.
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