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Iranians Celebrate Norouz Festival By Ruth Dean The first day of spring made Its arrival in Washington yes terday with a cold drizzle but it was the cause too, for a gala celebration at the Iranian Em bassy. It drew about 300 guests from diplomatic and official circles. The Iraniart Ambassador, Mr. Nasrollah Entezam, was host at a reception in observance of the ancient festival of Norouz or the Iranian New Year’s Day, which always falls on the first day of spring. The history of the festival goes back at least 4,000 years, an embassy aide explained, but even then Iranians can’t estimate the exact date of its beginning. It is lost in fable and legend. It’s always been a great time of celebration, often going on for days, he said, with gift giving and observance of traditional customs. Festival Custom Many of the guests at last ni g h t’s party must have wondered as they passed by a table in the drawing room which contained an unusual assortment of objects. In cluded were a hyacinth plant, a small tumbler of vinegar, a tray of apples and small dishes of wheat seeds and sumac. Those who asked found out this display represented one of the most ancient of Narouz customs—the table of seven S's. The table must be set with seven objects, each starting with the letter S in Iranian. And bad weather does little to dampen the spirits of fes tival celebrants. In some parts of Iran, the weather is as un predictable as Washington’s, but come rain or shine on the 13th day after Norouz, all families should spend the day outdoors, according to another custom, if they wish favorable fortune in the year ahead. Mony Poy Wishes Yesterday’s weather certainly was no deterrent to the many guests who crowded into the embassy to wish the ambas sador a “happy New Year” and enjoy a buffet which was pre pared for the occasion in an * awninged outside inclosure. Early arrivals included House Minority Leader Joseph W. Martin, jr. As one of the bache lor guests attending, he smil ingly agreed to pose for pic tures with his host, who is also a bachelor. Others there were the Chinese Ambassador, the French Ambassador, the In dian Ambassador and Mrs. Mehta, the Ecuadorian Am bassador, the Ambassador of Burma and Mrs. Bar rington, and the Ahibassador of Ceylon and Mrs. Gunerwar dene. She wore one of her exotic rose saris. The Director of Central In telligence and Mrs. Allen W. Dulles arrived with Mr. and Mrs. Kermit Roosevelt, Chief of Protocol and Mrs. John F. Simmons and a number of other diplomats, including the Korean Ambassador, the Neth erlands Ambassador and Mme. van Roijen. who were hurrying on to a dinner engagement; ! the German Ambassador Heinz Krekeler, and the Colombian Ambassador Zuleta-Angel. Also there were the chair man of the House Foreign Af fairs Committee and Mrs. James P. Richards, the Finnish Ambassador, the South African Ambassador and Mrs. Hollo way, the New Zealand Ambas sador and Lady Munro, the Egyptian Ambassador, Mrs. John D. Jernegan, wife of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State; the Deputy Chief of Protocol and Mrs. Victor Purse, Senator and Mrs. Dennis Chavez. Mrs. Robert V. Garner, and tjre Venequelan Ambassa dor and Senora de Gonzalez. Receive Decoration Earlier in the evening, the French Embassy was the scene of a brief ceremony in which four prominent Wash ingtonians received the Che valier of the Legion of Honor, one of France’s most coveted decorations. It marked the first time that the French Ambassador, Mr, Maurice Couve de Murville. § BUFFET LUNCHEON 11 v»a sr At of wtc-rv 0 • 12 TO 1 |VI*V WtONIS DAY • TMf MS? IN FASHIONS • CIUMITIIS • FtIZES • MUSIC • MOM SIM CAPITAL COCKTAIL KOI tItIRVATtOMt LOUNGI It A M T« # CALL Mitt fiUfiKl |;M AM (SATUtDAT W COLUMBIA • I) MIDNIGHT) «|V. 14 OR Ilf || |§HERATON-pARK Hotel CML AVI. AND WOOOIfY N, N.W Tk« COLONIAL OIMINO DOOM tl* NmN had bestowed the honor in his new American post. Recipients of the silver dec oration are: Mrs. Harry K. Hickey, for her services during and after World War II in be half of American Relief for France as a member of the Washington Committee which raised funds to aid the war destitute; Mr. Andre de Limur, president of the Alliance Fran caise, for his promotion of Franco-American relations through the alliance; Lt. Col. Clark Lawrence, USA. retired, of Castle Hill, Cobham, Va., for his services as architect on French government projects, and Mrs. Emily Chadbourne of Washington and New York, for her service in promoting closer cultural and art interests be tween France and the United States as director of the King dom Museum, Kingston, N. Y. and trustee of the Chicago Art Institute. Party Spotlight Davilas Entertain at Dinner for 50 Guests The Secretary-General of the Organization of American States and Mrs. Davila gave a black tie dinner for about SO people last night at their resi dence. Guests included Ambassadors to the OAS Vittone of Argen tina, de Delgado of Colombia, and Sepulvida of Chile with their wives, as well as Ambas sador representative de Lavalle of Peru. Ecuador’s Ambassador Chiri boga was there, along with the Uruguayan Ambassador and Senora de Mora and the retired Ambassador of Hon duras and Senora de Valle. Also invited were former Ambassador and Mrs. Myron Cowen, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Sparks, Mrs. Eleanor Dulles, Mrs. Hugh Duffield, Gen. and Mrs. Christian H. Clarke. Lt. For 38 Years America's Finest Coats and Suits Wednesday 9*o IV a Sensational Repeat! ___ TMKTUNTH * BCTWIIN ( fir f • ' * Brings You 400 More Pv -*B l 0/ the Wonderful Coats That Have Been * Luxury coats from our FINEST RESOURCE all at dramatic savings! 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Buffet Dinner The Indonesian Ambassador and Mme. Notowidigdo enter tained a small group of guests last evening at a buffet dinner at the Embassy. Guests included the Bur mese Ambassador and Mrs. Barrington, German Ambas sador Krekeler, the Yugoslav ian Ambassador and Mme. Mates, Supreme Court Justice and Mrs. William O. Douglas, British Minister Sir Rdger Scott, Indian Minister and Mrs. Atel, Baron and Baroness van Voorst of the Netherlands, Dr. Oetikno Slamet of the World Bank and Mrs. Slamet, Representative and Mrs. Adam C. Powell. Other guests were the In donesian Press Attache, Ganis Harsono; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Borkln and the Air Vice Com modore and Mme. Soedjono. Hello and Goodbye The Canadian Military At tache and Mrs. Bishop's re ception last night was to say good bye to the departing As sistant Military Attache and Mrs. H. L. Meuser and to meet their successors, Col. and Mrs. E. C. Mayhew. Military attaches and their assistants from most of the embassies in Washington were among the guests as well as a large number of United States military personnel, including Gen. and Mrs. C. L. Bolte, Mrs. J. Lawton Collins, Lt. Gen. and Mrs. H. R. Bull, Lt. Gen. R. M. Pate, USMC, and Mrs. Pate, Lt. Gen. and Mrs. W. L. Weible. Rear Admiral and Mrs. G. W. Anderson, jr.. and Rear Ad miral and Mrs. C. F. Espe. Stag Luncheon Israeli Ambassador Eban gave a stag luncheon In the Mayflower Hotel yesterday in honor of Mr. Theodore Kollek, visiting director general of the Prime Minister’s Office of Is rael. Among those who attended were Assistant Secretary of State George V. Allen, Dr. Arthur Burns, chairman of the President's Economic Council; Mr. Francis Russell, formerly Counselor and Charge d’Affaires of the United States Embassy in Tel Aviv, and Mr. Norman Paul, regional direc tor of the Foreign Operations Administration. Mr. Kollek is a former Minister at the Israeli Embassy here. JBl- m . /» W mm mmm .4, j; 'mfSL AA I I Ml M | Bn —Bt*r Staff Photo. LEGION OF HONOR —French Ambassador Couve de Murville (right) stands with two of the Washingtonians to whom he has just presented the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor for services they performed for France. The recipients pictured are Mr, Andre de Limur and Mrs. Harry K. Hickey. Miss Harrison To Be Bride Mrs. Mignonette H. Harrison of Woodside, L. 1.. N. Y., an nounces the engagement of her daughter Mignonette Eula lie to Mr. Joseph Anthony Mountain, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Mountain of Pittsfield, Mass. The wedding will take place April 16. Miss Harrison is a graduate of George Washington Univer sity University and received her master’s degree from Penn sylvania State University. Mr x Mountain was graduated from St. Michael’s College and received his master’s degree from Notre Dame University. Before entering the United States Army he did graduate work in chemistry at the Penn sylvania State University. 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It is being managed by Mrs. Pearl C. Jones who also manages the well-known Carvel Hall Show in Annapolis. Between 25 and 30 dealers will exhibit in the show which will feature American and for eign antiques ranging from buttons to furniture. Among the 22 dealers al ready signed are three from Silver Spring. Louise Bennett, Betty McDevitt and W. H. For rest. Frances D. Lovell of ** B-3 Washington is the other local dealer. Other dealers are Burlean Hall of La Plata, Elizabeth W. Tyler of Staunton, Va., Her bert Bounds of Pokomoke City, Md., Oneta A. LeCompte of Cambridge, Md., Hilda E. Har wood of Cambridge, Earl and Emily Schommer of Philadel phia, Long Ago Shop of Nor ‘ folk, j.w. and h.e. Draisey of Baltimore and London. The new La Plata Armory is 30 miles south of Washington on Route 301. Dews Home Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Wells Dew have returned to their home after a visit to Florida and South Carolina.