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Yalda in Colorado

Colorado Persian Society will hold its 5th Solstice party, Shab e Yalda, on Friday December 22 at 7pm.

Location: Holiday Inn, corner of Bellview and Quebec, Denver Tech. Center. "International" will perform live Middle Eastern music for dancing. Fruits and Ajil will be served. Drinks will be available at the bar.

Proceeds will go to the establishment of Colorado's first Iran House, a large space leased to us free of charge by Mrs. Tehrani. Iran House, or Pouneh Sara as we will be calling it is named after Mrs. Tehrani's daughter who died in a tragic accident.

After a long and expensive remodelling period this new community house will have an auditorium, a conference room, a research library, and several classrooms that could be used by various non-political and non-religious groups. Friends of Pouneh Sara also had two successful fund raising events recently, a great dinner benefit, and a lovely silent auction with live entertainment and wine at Denver's beautiful Botanic Garden.

When done, Colorado Persian Society, CPS for short, is hoping to move its scattered activities to this West Colfax location, though the two organizations will be independent of each other. CPS, now a 4 &1/2 year old organization, grew out of a Puyeshgaran study group that met every Friday night for nearly two years. The group was led by, Dr. Esmail Nooriala, and Mrs. Shokooh Mirzadegi, well known Iranian writers, poets, and historians.

This couple who moved to Denver some six years ago, bringing new blood and life to the scattered Iranians in Colorado provided fascinating topics, original analysis and in depth discussion of various issues in Iranian literature and history from ancient to modern times. With the help of about 40 core individuals who attended these meetings we established in 1996 CPS as a non-profit cultural organization. Soon our membership doubled. Now up to 300 people attend our celebrations.

We are committed to not only the beautiful and universalistic Persian traditions, Mehregan, Yalda, No-ruz, but also to serious contemporary social and cultural issues. Some of Iran's best poets, such as the late Nader Naderpour, Mohammad Ali Sepanloo, and the great satirist Hadi Khorsandi among other progressive artists and critics have been our guests.

Manucher Ghaffari
Boulder, Colorado


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