WEST BRATTLEBORO -- The Festival of No Ruz/Nowruz/Nauryz, (Persian for New Day) will be celebrated on Sunday, March 23, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in West Brattleboro at 1221 Bonnyvale Road, 2.2 miles from Western Avenue.

The event is co-sponsored by the Asian Cultural Center of Vermont, and the Brattleboro Baha’i Community. It will be held at the farmhouse on the grounds of the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center. Look for signs.

All are invited to attend this ancient holiday that has been observed for thousands of years by the ancient cultures of Persia (present-day Iran), and is celebrated as Nauryz and Navroz by many of the republics in Central Asia and the Caucasus. This Festival is also celebrated as Naw Ruz in the Sufi and Baha’i Faith. For Baha’is, Naw Ruz marks the end of their annual 19 Day Fast period which began on March 2. It is also the beginning of the 171st new year of the Baha’i calendar.

Activities will include readings from Persian poetry and Baha’i Holy Writings, sharing refreshments and sweets and a special table displaying traditional items with symbolic meanings such as peace, prosperity, growth, rebirth, enlightenment, cleanliness, patience and affluence. Refreshments will be shared and potluck food is welcomed.

For more information and directions call ACCVT Executive Director Adam Silver at 802-257-7898, ext. 1, e-mail to adamsilvervt@gmail.com, call Marie Procter at 802-254-2115 or visit