Urban Expedition

Landmark Center’s popular Urban ExpeditionTM program, provides families with an opportunity to learn about the world right here in Saint Paul’s backyard, and in 2021 right in their own living room.  In its 17th season, five individual virtual programs will provided authentic cultural experiences that included music, dance, crafts and traditions from different destination countries.

2021 Season (all virtual events)

The virtual events will take place here, on the Urban Expedition page. Virtual Urban Expeditions will be posted and accessible by 1 pm on each date. They will remain available for one month.

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Urban Expedition is a part of Sundays at Landmark, an event series is produced by Minnesota Landmarks, the nonprofit programming and management agency for Landmark Center. Urban Expedition is sponsored by Ramsey County, Ecolab, Xcel Energy Foundation, RBC Wealth Management, and with additional support from Travelers and Global Minnesota.

For more information call 651.292.3063.


Urban Expedition: Laos

Welcome to another installment of our Urban Expedition series! Thank you to our sponsors Ramsey County, Ecolab, the Xcel Energy Foundation, RBC Wealth Management, Travelers, and Global Minnesota. We hope this virtual program will engage you, as well as entertain and enlighten you! Please take a moment to complete a brief survey at the bottom of this web page and tell us your opinion(s) of this virtual event. Your responses help guide us in creating enriching community programs for all. Thank you.

two little girls dressed in traditional Hmong-Lao garments
Photo: Dreamstime

Facts About Laos:

Capital City:  Vientaine

Population: 6,368,162

Primary Cultural Groups: Lao, Mon-Khmer, the Yao, and the Hmong, in addition to over 35 recognized additional cultural groups.

Currency:  Lao Kip

Governance: Lao People’s Democratic Republic; Communist rule since 1975 / Kingdom of Laos;  Imperial (Royal) rule prior to 1975.

Religions: Theravada Buddhism (66%); Laotian folk religions – sasna phi or “religion of the spirits” (30%); Christian & other (4%)

Language: Laotian, although many may also speak French, Vietnamese, English and other ethnic dialects

Primary Crops: Rice, corn, and tea

Source: United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Where in the World?

Map of Laos in relation to neighboring countries

Laos is located in Southeast Asia, and measures approximately 91,400 square miles (236,800 square kilometers), making it slightly larger than the state of Utah. The country shares its borders with Thailand in the southwest, Cambodia in the south, Burma (now Myanmar) in the west, China in the north, and Vietnam in the east. Laos has a tropical climate, with a rainy season that lasts from May to November and a dry season that lasts from December to April.

The Laotian Flag: Which Flag?

The Official flag, recognized by the prevailing government since 1975, when the communist forces took control of Laos, has three horizonal bands, with red stripes at the top and bottom and a blue stripe in the middle. A large white disk is centered in the blue band.                                     

Current Laos flag - red stripe, larger blue stripe, red stripe with a white dot in the middle of the blue

Source: laoconnection.com

However,Many Laotian-Americans identify more with the pre-1975 flag of the Kingdom of Laos than with the present-day flag of the country. This flag was red, with a three-headed white elephant situated on a five-step pedestal, under a white parasol. The elephant was symbolic of the ancient kingdom of Laos, known as “The Kingdom of a Million Elephants.” The parasol represented the monarchy and the five steps of the pedestal symbolized the five main precepts of Buddhism.

Former Laos flag - field of red with a three headed elephant in the middle
Source: laoconnection.com

FAMOUS LAOTIANS

You may have read or heard about some Laotians and Laotian-Americans who have become important standard-bearers for their homeland.  We’ve put together a slide show about a few of them.

Source: Minnesota Landmarks

The Music of Laos

A Lao man playing the khene
Photo: MarkAlexander100

The khene (pronounced like ‘can’) is an important instrument in traditional Lao music. You may see it also spelled khaen which is the Thai word for the instrument. is a Lao mouth organ whose pipes, which are usually made of bamboo, are connected with a small, hollowed-out hardwood reservoir into which air is blown. Today it is associated with the Lao people of Laos and Isan. In Vietnam, it is used among the Thai and Hmong people.

Dances of Laos

Group of about ten women dancing a traditional dance
Photo: GoLaosTours

Lao Dance is truly amazing with the mixture of Laotian, Thai, and other neighboring cultures. Three main traditional dances in Laos are Lam Vong, Phra Lak Phra Ram, and Bamboo Dance. Each of them has interesting features and creates the uniqueness of Laotian dance together with Lao music. Laotian people often perform the dance in the festival or special ceremony. Source: GoLaosTours

Lam Vong Dance – The Circle Dance

Woman dancing the Lam Vong dance - or circle dance
Photo: GoLaosTours

This is a common folkdance for men and women among Southeastern countries. The basic idea is a slow dance around a circle with graceful hand gestures and simple footsteps to the rhythm. Dancers are not permitted to touch their partner while dancing. The men will create an inner circle while the women will create an outer circle while dancing around each other. The name Lam Vong literally means dancing in the circle, therefore, it is simple and suitable for everyone. Because of its popularity, Lam Vong is considered as Laos national dance. Everyone knows how to do Lam Vong dance: children, soldiers, farmers, etc. It is held on special occasions such as weddings, New Year celebrations, at parties and festivals. At parties, people don’t usually wear Laotian traditional costume, therefore, they can do the traditional dance without it. But when women take part in a formal event such as a wedding, they have to wear traditional sinh. In contrast, men don’t have to wear Laotian traditional costume, except at their wedding.

Phra Lak Phra Ram – Lao Story-Dance of Buddhism

Two women dancing the Phra Lak Phra Ram
Photo: GoLaosTours

Phra Lak Phra Ram is a Laotian religious dance depicting an epic tale of Buddhism.  The dance tells the story of two brothers Phra Lak and Phra Ram (relating to Buddhism). Phra Lak Phra Ram is usually performed by the Royal Ballet Theater in Luang Prabang, which is considered the cradle of Buddhism in Laos. In contrast to Lam Vong‘s costume which is the simple traditional costume, the male and female dancers in Phra Lak Phra Ram wear elaborate costumes and colorful masks that portray Buddhist tales and legends. Enjoy the video below which will give you a glimpse of this stunning story-dance.

Bamboo Dance – Lao Dance of Mountainous Areas

A man and woman dancing the bamboo dance
Photo: GoLaosTours

The Bamboo Dance is the most exciting dance in Laos’ mountainous area. This kind of dancing requires flexibility and skillful feet for each move of the dance. The dancer’s task is to listen to the music and try their best to move with the rhythm while two other persons tap and switch the bamboo poles on the ground and against each other. The dance is often performed to celebrate a special occasion or at a festival. This dance is one of the most popular in Southeast Asia, you can also find a simila dances in the Philippines, and other Asian-Pacific cultures.

Festivals and Celebrations

An elephant in a parade
Photo: Dreamstime

Most Laotian holidays and festivals have religious origins. The Lao word for “festival,” boun, or bun, literally means “merit” or “good deed.” Festivals are generally scheduled according to the lunar calendar, and usually take place at Buddhist temples, (making it difficult for Laotian Americans to participate due to the limited availability of monks and temples in the United States). Three of the most important festivals are the Bun Pha Vet, which commemorates the life of the Buddha in the fourth lunar month; the Lao New Year; and the Boon Bang Fay, or “rocket festival,” held in the sixth month to celebrate the Buddha, and is marked by fireworks displays.

The Lao New Year (in 2021: April 14, 15, 16)

Three people celebrating Lao New Year with traditional masks

This is the most important festival of the year in Laos. Lao New Year is usually a three-day public holiday in Lao. In Lao, it is called Songkran or Pi Mai, which means ‘new year’. It is based on the traditional solar new year, and it falls on either April 13th or April 14th.

How is Lao New Year Celebrated?

New Year celebrations in Lao last for four days. Tourists visiting Lao on these days are welcome to take part in the celebrations. Visitors can enjoy traditional music and dances including the Lam Vong, and Bamboo dances. As well as being a time of celebration and endless water squirting, Laos’s Pimai Lao is a celebration of Lao culture and identity, as well as the reinforcement of family values and traditions. Although officially a three-day festival, the party usually goes on for at least a week. Beginning on the last day of the Lao year, 13th April is traditionally a day of renewal, the main symbol of which is cleansing water. Buddhas are washed, temples repainted and homes spring-cleaned. Younger people pour water on the hands of respected elders, and ask for their blessing in the year ahead. Families remember and celebrate family events like births, deaths or marriages, and wish each other happy new year.

Sand castles built along the Mekong River
Source: Chayanan Phumsukwisit

Thousands of sand stupas are built on the banks of the mighty Mekong river, all decorated with colorful flags and offerings, to help block evil spirits from passing into the New Year. In the capital Luang Prabang, a gilded procession celebrating the founding of the city in 1512 winds through the streets, followed by hundreds of monks in their bright orange robes. A traditional music and dance festival spills out of the National Museum onto the streets outside complete with traditional costume wearers galore.

For Lao who believe in kwan (animist spirits) their festival is celebrated over the Lao New Year, too. They believe the year’s change risks good kwan leaving their bodies, exposing them to bad omens. A ceremony called Baci is performed. Chants are made by a village elder to make the good kwan return to the body.  White thread is then tied around wrists to keep the kwan inside and wish the kwan good luck for the year ahead. A celebratory meal is shared with village leaders to “lock” good kwan in place.

Boon Bang Fai (Rocket Festival)

A rocket taking flight
 Photo: Dreamstime

This three-day festival has its roots in heralding the rainy season, and with it, new growth (and also fertility). Festival celebrations typically include music and dance performances, colorful competitive processions of floats, and culminate on the third day in competitive firings of home-made rockets (and, of course, fireworks).  

Bun Pha Vet – To Commemorate Buddha

A monument depicting a reclining Lord Buddha
Source: Pinterest

Bun Pha Vet (also written as Bun Pha Wet) is a religious festival which takes place throughout the country. This festival is held on different dates in the first month of the year so that Laotians can exchange invitations with their relatives and friends in other regions to join in their celebration. Bun Pha Vet commemorates Jakarta – the Lord Buddha – and his life’s story. Laotian Buddhists believe the Lord Buddha was Prince Vestsantara, and his story is recited in many temples throughout the country. This festival is a sacred time and is when monks are typically ordained. During the festival, Buddhist followers in Laos celebrate sacred ceremonies, prepare traditional food and enjoy great time with families and friends. Source: Discover Laos Today

Ordination of a monk
Source: GoLaosTours

LAOTIAN FOLKTALES

Photo: Lao Folktales Noe Garin

Since folktales have been passed down through the oral tradition, they were honed for listening so they were easy to remember and share and were almost always passed orally from generation to generation. While these folk tales and fables were not only highly entertaining, they also played an important role in passing along core values or character traits. Folktales were often used to share a common history, to reinforce cultural values or highlight important traditions. 

When people belonged to a tribe or lived in a small village, by necessity they needed to be able to get along well under a variety of circumstances and minimize conflict.  As folktales were passed down over generations, they modeled behaviors and helped reinforce expectations about how to live a meaningful life, and incorporated character traits like caring, resourcefulness, trust or courage into the fabric of the stories. We’ve complied a few of the most popular Lao folk tales that have been passed down through centuries. Source: August House

CLICK HERE for a STORYBOOK OF FOLK TALES

Laotian Cuisine

Laotian cuisine is spicy! Three of Laos’ most popular and traditional meal foods are “sticky” rice (khao nyao) is usually taken in the thumb and first three fingers and used to scoop up other foods.; laap (sometimes also spelled laab or larb) which is a spicy mixture of marinated meat or fish that is sometimes raw made with a combination of herbs, greens, and spice; and finally tam mak hoong which is a papaya salad.

YOU TRY IT!  Here are some recipes for you to try at home to create your Lao meal!

Sticky Rice

Harvesting sticky rice
Source: Smithsonian.com

CLICK HERE for a Sticky Rice Recipe

Larb Gai (Minced Chicken Salad)

Authentic chicken larb gai is typically made of ground chicken, fresh herbs with lime juice, padaek, and a toasted rice powder. It is the national dish of Laos and has been adopted in regions like northern Thailand, which actually brought the popularity of larb to the states.

Larb Gai close up
Source: Cooking with Lane

CLICK HERE for a Larb Gai recipe

Where can I get Laotian food where I live?

Many Laotian-Americans still eat Lao-style foods at home. These dishes are also available at most Thai restaurants, since the cooking of northeastern Thailand is almost identical to that of Laos. Sticky rice and other ingredients for Lao foods are likewise available at most stores that specialize in Asian foods. In areas that have large Laotian American communities, there are also a number of Lao markets where these ingredients may be purchased.

Traditional Dress

A man and woman dressed in traditional clothes
Photo: MuseumTextileServices

On special occasions and for festivals, most Laotian women and men wear traditional costumes. For women, the staple of their attire is the sinh, a skirt made from a piece of silk brocade about two yards long that is wrapped around the waist. It is often held in place by a belt made of silver buckles or rings. Accompanying the sinh is a shawl, or a strip of material, which is draped over the left shoulder and under the right arm, and usually matches the fabric of the sinh skirt. Some Laotian American men wear ethnic costumes at weddings, festivals and other special occasions, and wear the sampot, or baggy trousers worn in Laos before French occupation. The many ethnic cultures within Laos also have their own traditional style of dress, but perhaps the most familiar are the traditional costumes of the Hmong people, which are worn during special events, and always at New Years celebrations.

CLICK HERE for more Folkwear

 

Weaving: Cultural Folk Art

close up of a woman's hands while she weaves
Photo: Wikimedia

The production of woven and embroidered textiles is undoubtedly the most prolific of all traditional crafts in Laos.  Beautifully woven patterns are produced in many different styles and dyed in a range of different colors according to the geographical provenance and ethnicity of the weavers. Silk and cotton cloth is hand-woven on traditional wooden frame looms by the ethnic Lao and most other Tai-speaking ethnicities to create the ubiquitous wrap-around skirts with elaborately bordered hems (sinh), ceremonial shawls (pha biang), shoulder bags and many other articles of Lao traditional clothing.

close up of a woven tapestry
Photo source: MuseumTextileServices

Traditional weaving techniques are handed down from one generation to the next, from mother to daughter. Styles and motifs vary by region, but the use of gold and silver threads and protective diamond- and star-shaped designs and images of mythical animals such as dragons are common to many parts of the country.

Sadly, textile weaving and dyeing has largely died out among the Khmer people of Laos, but Hmong, Yao and other ethnicities continue to weave and dye their own clothes.

In recent years the Ministry of Industry and Handicrafts, assisted by the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LNCCI) and the Lao Handicraft Association, has made strenuous efforts to revitalize traditional weaving as a sustainable enterprise through the development of incentive and protection schemes, training, promotion and marketing. The Lao Women’s Union’s Lao Cotton State Enterprise (LCSE) and non-governmental initiatives such as Lao Textiles by Carol Cassidy have also made a significant contribution to the revival of this important craft sector.

To learn more about Laotian weaving, CLICK HERE.

YOU TRY IT! You can weave colorful threads into a work of art!
CLICK HERE for a weaving craft

To Learn More About Laos Today

 CLICK HERE to watch a very good documentary about Laos today: its geography, its people, and culture. *Note: it is 33 minutes in length (but we think it is worth it!), and has three commercial interruptions which can be skipped after four seconds.

We hope you have enjoyed learning about Laos and its people and cultures. Thank you for “traveling” with us today! We invite you to view our final glimpse into the culture of Laos.

CLICK HERE for a photo album of more Laos images

CLICK HERE for more activities

THANK YOU!

Thank you for traveling the world with Landmark Center this season, right from your own house! We hope you enjoyed this journey through Laos. Urban Expedition: Laos is available until May 11. If you haven’t yet explored Urban Expedition: Iran, we encourage you to do so. UE: Iran is available until April 21. Finally, please complete a brief survey at the bottom of this page (click here) . Thank you!


Urban Expedition: Iran

Welcome to another installment of our Urban Expedition series! Thank you to our sponsors Ramsey County, Ecolab, the Xcel Energy Foundation, RBC Wealth Management, Travelers, and Global Minnesota. We hope this virtual program will engage you, as well as entertain and enlighten you! Please take a moment to complete a brief survey at the bottom of this web page and tell us your opinion(s) of this virtual event. Your responses help guide us in creating enriching community programs for all. Thank you.

Greetings from Ms. Imani Jaafar, Landmark Center Board Member, and her family.

Greetings from the Twin Cities Iranian Culture Collective, Landmark Center’s community partner – and your host for this program.

Nasir-al-Mulk Mosque – The Pink Mosque Photo: en.724.com

Who are the Iranians?

Iran is a multi-ethnic, multicultural society, with the largest ethnic group being the Persians, but other ethnic groups include Azeris, Kurds, Lor, Arabs, Armenians and more.

Some Facts About Iran

Capital and largest city: Tehran (population 9,250, 000 estimated)

Population: 84 million (2021 estimate)

Currency: the Iranian Rial

The Official Language of Iran

Persian, also known as Farsi, is the official language, but many other languages are spoken in different parts of the country including Azeri, Kurdish, Gilaki, Mazandarani, Luri, Arabic, Balochi, and Turkmen. And many tribal groups such as the Qashqai, Afshari and Bakhtiari have their own languages and dialects. There are over 100 million people around the world who speak Farsi. It is the language of one of the oldest civilizations to ever exist in history.

Below is a list of common words and phrases to kick-start your Persian language learning.

1.       سلام  – salam – Hi

2.       صبح بخیر – sobh bekheyr – Good morning

3.       عصر بخیر – asr bekheyr – Good evening

4.       خوش آمدید – khosh amadid – Welcome

5.       حال شما چطوره؟ – haleh shoma chetoreh? – How are you?

6.       خوبم  – khoobam – I’m doing well

7.       ممنون خیلی – (kheily) mamnoon – Thank you (very much)

8.       خداحافظ  -khodahafez – Goodbye

9.       اسم شما چیه؟ – esme shoma chieh? – What is your name?

10.   شما اهل کجاید؟ – shoma ahl e koja hastid? – Where are you from?

11.   من اهل (…) – man ahl e (…) – I’m from ( … )

12.   ببخشید – bebakhshid – Excuse Me

You try it!

CLICK HERE to listen and learn how to speak these and more common words and phrases!

Where in the world is Iran?

Photo: Landmark Center

Iran is located in SW Asia, in a region commonly referred to as the Middle East. It shares borders with Iraq, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Until modern times, Iran was known as Persia. It traces its history back more than 2500 years, when the kingdoms that existed in the region were unified under King Cyrus, founder of the first Persian Empire. Iranians take great pride in the tradition of religious tolerance and respect for human dignity that King Cyrus established. 

King Cyrus Photo: Gena Vazguez

March 21, 2021: Nowruz, the Persian New Year!  

Iranian New Year Haft-Sin Table Photo: Hamed Saber

Nowruz (pro: NO-roos), the Persian New Year, is the most important holiday in the Iranian calendar. It is also celebrated in many other countries in the region, including Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, parts of Turkey and Pakistan, and anywhere in the world where Iranians have settled. It is always celebrated on the vernal equinox, which marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. This year, it is being held on March 21! Here is a video about the meaning of Nowruz, created by Minnesota artist Niccu Tafarrodi and young members of the local Iranian-American community.

CLICK HERE to watch a video that explains the symbolism of the seven items that decorate the traditional Nowruz Table.  Source: Quartz.com

Did you know that over 300 million people around the world celebrate Nowruz? This video, by the BBC tells more. CLICK HERE. Source: BBC.com

Nowruz for Kids…of All Ages!

“Tell me the story of Nowruz?” Listen to the children’s story explaining the first Nowruz.

Kids!  CLICK HERE to help you celebrate Nowruz with even more activities!

CRAFT ACTIVITY

CLICK HERE to get your printables to create your own Haft-sin table.

The Last Wednesday Before Nowruz: Charshanbe Suri

This is an Iranian festival celebrated on the eve of the last Wednesday before Nowruz. You can learn more about it HERE.

Iran has rich traditions of art, music and poetry. 

The Poetry of Iran

Poetry (has been) loved, appreciated and practiced by Iranians for thousands of years. People of Iran live with poetry. Almost all of Iranian customs and traditions include poetry in one way or the other. Be it the presence of a book of Persian poetry, most commonly the Diwan of Hafez or Shahnameh of Ferdowsi on the Haft-Sin tables that Iranians set for their New Year, or gathering together on Shab-e-Yalda and reading the Poems of Hafez.

CLICK HERE to learn about Iran: The Land of Poetry

Source: visitouriran.com

Ancient Architecture of Iran

As the remnants of an empire that once covered almost the entire area from Greece to China, Iran is full of historic wonders. Due to the country’s current political situation, it is not exactly a top tourist destination and as such many of these wonders are kept a secret from the rest of the world. 

CLICK HERE to view the “Top 10 Historical Architecture Sites” in Irian

Source: archdaily.com

Iranian Music and Musicians

Photo: Musician Kayhan-Kalhor   Source: tappersia.com

Music is one of the things that has the ability to break the borders of any language and cultural barriers. Iranian musicians have done a great job reflecting Iranian culture and Persian music to the whole world. From traditional classical singers to modern fusion bands, CLICK HERE to learn about the ten greatest Iranian musicians. Source: tappersia.com

We invite you to listen to Persian songs that have become timeless favorites, sung by popular Iranian singers of their time.  CLICK HERE to begin your private “concert.” Source: tappersia.com

Iranian Art and Artists

Photo: “Ardeshir’s Throne” by Meghdad Lorpour   Source: Artsy.net

Despite its very unique and challenging sociopolitical position, Iran can arguably be considered one of the most prolific and progressive countries when it comes to art. The country’s recent history is filled with artists seeking to create a visual language that is native yet modern. During the past four decades of post-revolution, Iranian contemporary artists inside the country, and its diaspora, have been using the power of art to break conventions, pierce through stereotypes, and critically examine and challenge their own society and the world more broadly.

CLICK HERE to view: “10 Iranian Artists Who Are Shaping Contemporary Art”

CLICK HERE to view the virtual gallery of Iranian art of the Twin Cities Iranian Culture Collective (your host partner today!)

Iranian Films and Filmmakers

Asghar Farhadi is an Iranian film director and screenwriter. Photo: Getty Images

Asghar Farhadi has received two Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film for his films A Separation and The Salesman, making him one of the few directors worldwide who have won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film twice. Source: Wikipedia.com

Iranian filmmakers, such as Abbas Kiarostami, Asghari and Jafar Panahi have won film festival awards around the world. Four Iranian films made it into the top 100 in BBC Culture’s recent poll to find the greatest foreign-language films of all time.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Iran’s gift for making some of the world’s best films, (as judged by the BBC.) Source: BBC.com

…and Then There is Iran’s Great Food! 

Tour Tehran’s Street Food Scene and The Grand Bazaar!

Gelareh Kiarand, your tour host, will take you on a tour of Tehran’s lively food scene. Source: ViceAsia

There are two Iranian-born chefs who have become famous in America: 

Samin Nosrat


Photo: Smeeta Mahanti

Samin is the author of the best-selling cookbook and Netflix show Salt Fat Acid Heat.

YOU TRY IT! Watch this video of Samin’s “Persian-ish Rice”, then print out her recipe! Video source: Food52.com

After you view the video, CLICK HERE for your printable recipe.

Andy Baraghani


Photo:  Alex Lau for Bon Appétit

Andy is the senior food editor for Bon Appétit magazine.

Andy Baraghani’s “Kuku Sabzi” (a Persian Frittata) a favorite dish for Nowruz! This recipe comes from the test kitchens of Bon Appétit Watch Andy make this special dish for Nowruz!

You Try It!

After you view the video, CLICK HERE for your printable recipe.

The Twin Cities has several Iranian restaurants you can explore, including the Caspian Bistro and Olive and Lamb. Iranian specialties are also available at The Caterers Kitchen in Hopkins. 

Iran: A Land of Tremendous Scenic Beauty


Badab-e Surt, Mazandaran
The colorful stepped terraces of Badab Surt, formed by mineral deposits from hot springs, one of the most photogenic sites in Iran. 
Photo: surfiran.com

National Geographic says of Iran’s natural beauty: Iran is home to one of the oldest civilizations on Earth…Yet beneath the footprints of man lies an even lesser known, wilder Iran, brimming with remarkable geologic formations, ancient forests, and overgrown monuments that nature has reclaimed as its own.

CLICK HERE to visit the 10 Most Beautiful Natural Wonders in Iran

Just for Kids…of All Ages!

Activities to Print and Do!

CLICK HERE to download and print a WORD SEARCH sheet.

CLICK HERE to download a NOWRUZ HAFT-SIN COLORING SHEET.

CLICK HERE to download ACTIVITY COLORING SHEETS that build upon what you learned today!

The Twin Cities Iranian Festival: Local Iranian-American artists, musicians and craftspeople. 

Each year, local Iranian-Americans come together to celebrate their heritage and culture, and YOU are invited! You can find out more about the 2021 Festival and learn more about local Iranian American artists, musicians and craftspeople by visiting the Twin Cities Iranian Culture Collective website www.twincitiesiranianfestival.com.

A Visit to Iran

Photo by Phil Deering

In 2019, a group of travelers including some from the Twin Cities Iranian Culture Collective, toured Iran. They have beautiful photographs that illuminate their adventures. CLICK HERE to view a sampling of a “photo album” from their visit.

We hope you enjoyed your Urban Expedition to Iran!

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