March 28, 2014, Washington D.C. – On March 25, 2014, Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA) issued a statement on Nowruz for the Congressional Record.
“Mr. Speaker. I am pleased with this opportunity to recognize Nowruz, a traditional Persian holiday that began on March 20 and celebrates the arrival of spring,” said Waxman. “Nowruz has been observed by millions of individuals of Persian descent for more than 3,000 years as a time of renewal health, happiness, and prosperity.”
Waxman explained that the holiday is celebrated by “adherents” of many religions including Islam, Judaism, Zoroastrianism, and the Bahai’I faith and expressed his gratitude for Iranian American contributions to America. “In the United States, Nowruz serves to remind us of the many noteworthy and lasting contributions of Iranian-Americans to the social and economic fabric of American society.”
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Henry Waxman represents California’s 33rd congressional district, which includes much of the western part of the city of Los Angeles, as well as West Hollywood, Santa Monica and Beverly Hills. In 2013, Waxman sponsored a bipartisan resolution recognizing the Iranian New Year and commemorating the American Tour of the Cyrus Cylinder.