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SoCal Iranian-Americans hold New Year's celebration on Skid Row

By Hayley Fox
Published: Friday, March 16, 2012, at 11:00AM
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The streets in front of Skid Row's Midnight Mission will be closed for the Nowruz celebration.

Today a celebration of Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, takes over the streets in front of the Midnight Mission on Skid Row.

Nowruz means "new day," and is traditionally about cleaning house and giving new things to family, said Negin Kamali, a volunteer who's working on public relations for the event.

This year, a group of Southern California Iranian-Americans decided to donate goods to the less fortunate instead, and have so far raised about $40,000 in cash donations and nearly $60,00 in clothing, food and other contributions, said Kamali.

Colorful flags and banners will decorate the space in front of the Midnight Mission (which will most likely be covered in tents because of the rain.) The party starts at 3 p.m. and goes until 6, and will include dance ensembles, music and live performances.

But the party is more about giving back to their Southern California community, said Kamali, and will include a traditional celebratory meal, Iranian delicacies, and gift bags of clothing, hygiene products and toys for the approximately 2,000 Skid Row residents.

According to NowruzinLA, the New Years celebration is the most important holiday in Iran and coincides with the spring equinox. This year's event will be the first of its kind put on by the Midnight Mission in Skid Row.

The Midnight Mission is located at 601 S. San Pedro St.

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