March 19, 2014

At Naw-Ruz, Iranian-Americans see hope for U.S.-Iranian thaw

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Two dozen people huddled outside in 23-degree temperatures on Tuesday evening (March 18) in Watertown, Mass., to eat a traditional Iranian soup called “ash” and jump over a line of several small fires as part of a 3,000-year-old Festival of Fire ritual rooted in Zoroastrianism. RNS photo by Omar Sacirbey

Two dozen people huddled outside in 23-degree temperatures on Tuesday evening (March 18) in Watertown, Mass., to eat a traditional Iranian soup called “ash” and jump over a line of several small fires as part of a 3,000-year-old Festival of Fire ritual rooted in Zoroastrianism. RNS photo by Omar Sacirbey

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(RNS) This year, Naw-Ruz holds special meaning for Iranian-Americans, who in recent months have witnessed a historic, if slow, thaw in relations between their native and adopted countries.