Over 300 million people worldwide celebrate Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, to mark the beginning of spring. On March 24th, over 100 Amazon employees and their families gathered to celebrate Nowruz for the first time as a community. The event featured food, dancing, and speeches from Amazon leaders and Washington State Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib.

Put together by the Iranians@Amazon affinity group, the festive gathering brought together Iranians, Jordanians, Egyptians, Kazakhstani, and friends from across Amazon and the community! One of the participants told me, “As someone new to Amazon, I can’t tell you how honored I am to work for a company that recognizes Nowruz in such a big way! This is the first Nowruz I didn’t spend with my family and this celebration made up for that.”

We’re thrilled at the turn out for this amazing event and we look forward to making it bigger and better each year! Happy Spring!