Official Interview of Qais Ulfat.

Qais Ulfat is one of the Judges of the Hit Show “Voice” Afghanistan. He is also host of many shows like Afghan Star and other popular Television Series. He is also on of the Best Ghazal Vocalists.

We were proud to have him perform in the 2015 NowRoz Festival.


Info about the NowRoz Festival:

The Annual NowRoz Festival is produced by the NowRoz Organization. For over 18 years the NowRoz Organization has presented Hundreds of Amazing Theatrical Shows, Concerts, and Festivals throughout the World. Focusing on Quality and Excellence. The Team Takes Pride in Every Presentation. Every Event More Unique then the other. The NowRoz Organization is Proud to be part of such a Wonderful Community, Growing Together and Collecting Millions of Smiles.

“See you at the Next Event”

*Remember: “One Smile is Worth a Thousand Words” – NowRoz Executive Producer

// The NowRoz Festival:

Afghan/Persian Americans, as well as their friends, families, respective organizations, business owners, artists and the entire surrounding communities will participate in a collaborative effort in the Annual Nowroz Festival. This year NowRoz Festival will gather over 25,000 attendees, making it the largest gathering of Afghan/Persian Americans to date!

Festivities include live music by popular recording artists, ethnic and modern fashion shows, talent show, comedy showcase, cultural dance showcase, chess and ethnic card tournaments. Other free activities also include cultural exhibitions, face painting, balloon artists, celebrity and famous author meet and greet, kid’s zone, carnival games, rides and much more to be announced. A variety of Afghan & Persian food and delicacies will be available for attendees at our international food area, and our vendor bazaar will have booths with goods from Afghanistan, Iran and around the globe.

// About NowRoz:

Nowroz (pronounced no-rooz) is a combination of two farsi words. The first word “now” means new and the second word “ruz” means day; together they mean “New Day.” Nowroz is the name for the celebrations that observe the New Year for many East and Central Asian communities. The exact beginning of the New Year occurs when the season changes from winter to spring on the vernal equinox, which usually happens on 20 or 21 March each year. The spelling of Nowroz in English can take many forms, including: Noroz, Norouz, Nowruz and Norooz. For this resource we have used the spelling Nowroz. The festivities of Nowroz reflect the renewal of the Earth that occurs with the coming of spring. Activities that celebrate the arrival of Nowroz share many similarities with other spring festivals such as Easter, celebrated by Christians, and the Egyptian holiday called Sham Al-Naseem, which dates back to the time of the Pharaohs

Nowroz is a festival that has been celebrated for thousands of years. It is a secular holiday that is enjoyed by people of several different faiths and as such can take on additional interpretations through the lens of religion. Nowroz is partly rooted in the religious tradition of Zoroastrianism. Among other ideas, Zoroastrianism emphasizes broad concepts such as the corresponding work of good and evil in the world, and the connection of humans to nature. Zoroastrian practices were dominant for much of the history of ancient Persia. Today there are a few Zoroastrian communities throughout the world, and the largest are in southern Iran and India.

People all over the world celebrate Nowroz, but it originated in the geographical area called Persia in the Middle East and Central Asia. The distinct culture based on the language, food, music and leisure activities that developed among the many people and ethnic groups who lived in this area is known as Persian. Nowroz became a popular celebration among the communities that grew from these Persian influenced cultural areas. While the physical region called Persia no longer exists, the traditions of Nowroz are strong among people in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, India, Pakistan, Turkey, Canada and the United States. Nowruz is a holiday that is celebrated by people from diverse ethnic communities and religious backgrounds. For the Parsi community, however, Nowruz is very special and is known as their spiritual New Year.

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