Right Wing Furious About White House Nowruz Celebration

The White House routinely holds dinners to honor a wide variety of holidays celebrated around the world, like the Diwali festival in Hinduism, celebrated primarily in India. Last week they held a celebration of Nowruz, an ancient Zoroastrian holiday that celebrates the new year on the Persian calender, celebrated in Iran and many other countries. Naturally, the right wing is freaking out about this.

“I think it’s so fitting that we are holding this celebration here today because, one of my favorite things about the White House is how it is truly the people’s house. A house that reflects the diversity of culture and traditions that make us who we are as a country,” the First Lady said. “And Nowruz is one of those traditions.”

Conservatives disagreed, claiming that there were more sinister motivations behind this year’s Nowruz celebration.

“Obama is trying to salvage his failed presidency by cutting whatever deal he can make with Iran,” Breitbart’s editor-at-large John Nolte wrote. “For that reason we get to watch the First Lady pretend she cares about any of this. The Iranians most certainly know it was all for show. But that’s what they appreciate — that fact that Obama is desperate enough to put on this show.”

Downtrend’s Brian Anderson wrote that the celebration was all about optics.

“With her husband desperate to make a sucker deal with Iran to allow the rogue Muslim nation to develop nuclear weapons, First Lady Michelle Obama thought she’d get into the spirit of things by hosting an Iranian New Year celebration at the White House on Wednesday.”

They ignore, of course, the fact that this annual celebration actually goes back to the first President Bush and that the second one celebrated it as well, but that’s totally different because they were, ya know, white.

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  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    With her husband desperate to make a sucker deal with Iran to allow the rogue Muslim nation to develop nuclear weapons…

    Ed. Your ethernet cable is plugged in upside down. You’re getting the Bizarro world news feed.

  • colnago80

    It also ignores the fact that Zoroastrians are persecuted in Iran by the mullahs who misrule that country. This is hardly designed to endear us to the Ayatollah and his cohorts.

  • raven

    I didn’t know the White House did that.

    On the coast, two big holidays are Chinese New Year and Cinco de Mayo. I’m sure the rightwing nuts hate those too. They hate everything.

    Odd factoid. There aren’t many Zoroastrians left, wikipedia has it ca. 150,000. Somewhere between 5 and 10% of them live in..the USA.

  • http://www.electricminstrel.com Brett McCoy

    It’s pretty much celebrated in all of the countries that were once part of the Persian Empire(s) and not just Iran, and is a purely secular holiday celebrating the first day of Spring (it’s gone beyond it’s Zoroastrian roots, just like the winter festival of Yalda has)

  • raven


    Nowruz is celebrated by people from diverse ethnic communities and religious backgrounds for thousands of years. It is a secular holiday for most celebrants that is enjoyed by people of several different faiths, but remains a holy day for Zoroastrians. It originated in Persia in one of the capitals of the Achaemenid empire in Persis (Fars)[23] in Iran and is also celebrated by the cultural region that came under Iranian influence or had migrations by Persians including Azerbaijan, the North Caucasus, Kurdish inhabited regions of eastern Turkey and Northern Iraq,[24] Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and other scattered populations in Central and South Asia.

    More than you wanted to know about Nowruz.

    It is a 3,000 year old Spring Equinox holiday widely celebrated by diverse groups of people including some of our allies.

  • ZugTheMegasaurus

    Every so often, it hits me how horrible it must be to live in the world these people do. There is no such thing as levity or enjoyment or simply being honest. Everything has a sinister ulterior motive and you’d better watch out for people who suggest otherwise. It makes me wonder whether that’s why they act so indignant when accused of trying to make the world a worse place for various minorities: in their view, everyone is already miserable anyway, and that’s the way it should be.

    Every once in a while, it just strikes me as sad rather than rage-inducing. I recover pretty fast though.

  • caseloweraz

    Hmmm… sounds like Nowruz is good news.

  • caseloweraz

    Speaking of special days, happy St. Patty’s Day everybody!

  • Alverant

    Yep, happy St.Patrick’s Day!

    This will be tough for President Obama, if he doesn’t drink the cons will say it’s proof he’s muslim and if he does drink the cons will say he’s being drunk while on the job. So fuck it and have a beer, better yet have a hard cider like the Founding Fathers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eo.raptor.3 eoraptor

    caseloweraz @ 7


  • Kevin Kehres

    @9 Alverant: There’s an historic tavern in Philly where you can have a ladder of beers made with recipes from various founding fathers. Jefferson’s (I think, this was a while ago) was actually made from pine — smelled like pine, tasted like beer.

  • mistertwo

    They should be thankful! Without the Zoroastrians, they wouldn’t have eternal reward, eternal punishment, or Satan!

  • jnorris

    <nitpic caseloweraz @ #8, the Irish spell it Paddy, no T's </nitpic

    I'm wondering, did the Obama's have an Orthodox Christian Christmas this year and what did the right-wing lynch mob say about it?

  • Erp

    I believe Nowruz cuts across religious traditions in Iran except that some strict Muslims have tried to limit it (banning it would be like trying to ban Thanksgiving in the US).

  • Alverant

    It’s clear the right wing doesn’t want anyone celebrating the arrival of spring and the ending of the cold weather in the US. It’s that cold weather is what fuels their “global warming is a myth” arguments.

  • dan4

    I don’t get Anderson’s comment. Was it meant to suggest that because he doesn’t like the leadership of Iran, ANYTHING related to that country in general is bad?

  • Nigel Appleton

    “Right Wing Furious” would be the title for most posts about them.

    The remainder would be covered by “Right Wing Show Stupidity Again”

  • caseloweraz

    Thanks, jnorris. I should have known that.

  • lorn

    … “but that’s totally different because they were, ya know, white.” … and Republican.

  • StevoR

    @16. dan4 : “I don’t get Anderson’s comment. Was it meant to suggest that because he doesn’t like the leadership of Iran, ANYTHING related to that country in general is bad?”

    Pretty much so yeah.

    After all you remember “freedom fries” or how apparently dachshund dogs were often kicked during the war for their “crime” of being “german” – may explain the renaming of German shepherds to Alsatians too?

    Of course there was also the whole Iran Contra deal and I’m sure they wouldn’t mind getting the Iranian oil if they could wighout Iran benfitting fromit much or any..

  • StevoR

    PS. ^ By the war I mean the World Wars I & II.