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    Parivash Rohani makes her father, Rahmatollah Manouchehri, a plate of traditional Nowruz food. Nowruz – which translates to "New Day" – originated in Iran centuries ago and begins on or around the spring equinox.

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    Rohani flips through an Iranian cookbook her mother gave her years ago.

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    Nasser Rohani, Parivash Rohani's husband, breaks eggs into the mixture for kookoo sabzi, an herb-egg dish.

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    Rohani has her husband taste-test rice while cooking a Nowruz meal.

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    Nasser Rohani scoops out some fesenjan, a chicken and pomegranate dish, on to his plate. The National Iranian American Council estimates 228 Iranian-Americans live in Maine. Of those, Nasser Rohani estimates just 50 are Baha'is.

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    Rohani portions out batter for kookoo sabzi into a muffin tin. Persian New Year festivities last for 13 days.

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    The Rohanis' meal celebrating Nowruz includes an herb-egg dish, kookoo sabzi, bottom right corner, and fesenjan, a chicken in pomegranate sauce dish, top center.

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    The Rohanis have not lived in Iran since the 1970s, but they still celebrate Nowruz as a religious holiday that is an important part of their Baha'i faith.

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