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Nowruz dancers perform in a new year’s parade in Astana, Kazakhstan. (Photo via Flickr by Ken and Nyetta)

Growing up as an Iranian-American, Nowruz, the Iranian/Persian New Year, is one of the most important times of the year.

I’ve never visited Iran to experience the holiday, but my memories of it here are very vivid. Every year is a special time to spend with family and friends and eat extremely delicious food.

Coinciding with the Spring Equinox, this year the date falls on March 20th at 9:57am on the west coast and marks the first day of the Iranian calendar.

Massive protests on January 25, 2012 called for elections and an end to rule by the Armed Forces. Both the Muslim Brotherhood and liberal elites expressed support for military rule. (Photo by Jonathan Rashad via Flickr )

A conversation with Egyptian youth in Seattle about Egypt’s politics and future.