Dozens of students and community members gathered in Orange Coast College’s Multicultural Center today to celebrate Persian New Year. The event, which has been hosted in the cafeteria and academic center in recent years, showcased food, art and history of Persian Culture.

Organizer Vida Shajie, an EOPS counselor and founder of the Persian Student Society club in the year 2000, said she was encouraged by the Dean of Literature and Languages Michael Mandelkern to host the event in the Multicultural Center.

Shajie said the goal of the new year event was to enlighten and educate the Persian students on campus of the values and customs of the culture.

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