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ASA West celebrates Nowruz in California

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IRVINE, Calif., March 24, 2015 /ASA/ -- On March 21st, Azerbaijani Society of America (ASA) Western Region hosted the first major Azerbaijani celebration of Nowruz - Vernal Equinox - at the Orange County Hilton in Costa Mesa, CA. Among the nearly 250 guests at the event were also the House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair, California Congressman Ed Royce (R-CA), Mayors of Irvine and Fountain Valley. 

Speaking to the community, Congressman Royce highlighted the importance of Azerbaijan, Azerbaijani-American community, and recalled his recent visit to the country. District representatives from the offices of Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) and Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) presented greeting certificates to the Azerbaijani community on the occasion of Nowruz. Greeting proclamations were also issued by the offices of Congresswoman Mimi Walters (R-CA), California State Senator Bob Huff (R), and the Orange County Board of Supervisors, Todd Spitzer and Lisa Bartlett.

Among the speakers addressing the audience were also the Consul General of Azerbaijan, Nasimi Aghayev, and ASA President, Tomris Azeri; the official part of the event was led by ASA West Board Directors, Kimiya Mammadova and Dr. Javid Huseynov.

After the official section and a banquet dinner, the event proceeded with the music program including singer Novruz Mamedov and arranger Fuad Javadov, DJ Aydin, and a special guest performance by Maestro Rahman Asadollahi.

ASA recognized Kimiya Mammadova, Narmina Ismailova, Nancy Isgandarova, Dr. Ismail Rustamov, Dr. Javid Huseynov, and Sarvat Maharramli for their organizational efforts. Organizers also thank Pari Howard, Tural Badirkhanli, Cafe 21, Gelateria Uli, Samir Lutvaliyev, Elchin Mirzayev, Ismail Rustamov, Javid Huseynov, Emil Sultanov, Ray Sandugi and AZPROMO for their sponsorship of the Nowruz Gala in California.

Rooted in Zoroastrian tradition and celebrated by diverse cultures from Central Asia to the Middle East and Eastern Europe, Nowruz (meaning "the new day" in Persian) is a festival of spring awakening, peace and prosperity. Over 300 million people, including the nearly 45 million Azerbaijanis worldwide, celebrate Nowruz holiday. In 2010, the United Nations General Assembly recognized March 21st as the International Day of Nowruz, and UNESCO included the holiday in its Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.