Happy Yalda to all !
Yalda is a Zoroastrian festival celebrated during the longest night of the year (winter solstice). Yalda means “birth” and Dec. 21st is supppsed to be the day of birth of Mithra. Mithra is the Zoroastrian Divinity of Covenants, Light and Oath.
On this day, there are large gatherings with food and drinks and people read poetry and tell stories. Usually people eat red coloured fruits like watermelon and pomegranate to signify the colours of dawn and glow of life 🍉🍎🍓….. May your Yalda be bright and red 😘!
You are invited to the following event:
When: 06 Apr 2019 1:00 PM, EDT
Where: INNIS TOWN HALL, 2 SUSSEX AVENUE, TORONTO, ON, M5S 1J5
DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF PROFESSOR EHSAN YARSHATER (1920-2018)
Date: April 6, 2019
Venue: INNIS TOWN HALL, 2 SUSSEX AVENUE, TORONTO, ON, M5S 1J5
Dr. Jehan Bagli, Timothy Harrison & Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi
1:50–2:25 ZOROASTRIANISM IN THE ACHAEMENID PERIOD
Maria Brosius, University of Toronto
2:25–3:00 PURE BODY: THE BARŠNŪM CEREMONY THROUGHOUT HISTORY
Miguel Angel Andres Toledo, University of Salamanca
3:00–3:35 THE EPIC OF SAMAK-E `AYYAR: A LITERARY COMPANION TO MITHRAIC MYTHOLOGY, ETHICS, AND SOCIAL PRAXIS
Parvaneh Pourshariati, New York City College of Technology
4:10–4:45 DANTE AND WIRAZ: TWO OTHERWORLDLY TRAVELLERS
Enrico Raffaelli, University of Toronto
4:45–5:20 PARSI TRADERS AND TRAVELLERS: GLOBAL ZOROASTRIANS IN THE AGE OF EMPIRE
Jesse Palsetia, University of Guelph
5:20–6:00 ZOROASTRIANISM AND THE PROBLEM OF UNIVERSAL RELIGION IN THE EARLY MODERN ISLAMIC WORLD
Dan Sheffield, Princeton University
UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
DEPARTMENT OF NEAR AND MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES
TORONTO INITIATIVE FOR IRANIAN STUDIES
THE FEDERATION OF ZOROASTRIAN ASSOCIATIONS OF NORTH AMERICA,
ONTARIO ZOROASTRIAN COMMUNITY FOUNDATION,
AND ZOROASTRIAN SOCIETY OF ONTARIO
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Gujarat Mitra of Sunday 2nd December supplement on p.8 carries an article re exhibition of Parsi portraits of eminent Parsi men and ladies. Mr. Anil Relia, a serigrapher artist and collector of portraits is displaying his collection of Parsi portraits at Ahmedabad Gufa at Ahmedabad from 4th to 9th December. Parsi sethias of 19th century who went to China or Britain had their portraits made. Some of the portraits are by Raja Ravi Varma (1848-1906). A portrait of Rustom-Sohrab of Shah Nameh fame made in 1620 will be on display. Water colour and oil paintings of famous Parsis will be on display. This exhibition brings alive glimpses of times past.(see attachment to view some portraits)
Hourly need for our Parsi young community members is that boys and girls getting married at right time of age. Many young boys and girls [male and female] in absence of closeness amongst community members within same city, or are places far off residential place, not aware of right individuals who are ready to get married and start their own life.
It has been a long that Ahmedabad had organized such events three times during last two decades. Once again few likeminded individuals now well settled in their own life would like to arrange such a Matrimonial Meet for deserving Parsi Boys and Girls to establish their married life. The idea is floored by one who had undertaken such an event previously. Today same idea is well supported by many who would like to see next generation well set in their respective married life. This idea is well supported by a trust Dhanjishaw and Manijeh Ghamir Charitable Trust [Ahmedabad] and PYLA [Parsi Youth League of Ahmedabad] are organizing this meet at Ahmedabad, for two days on Saturday-27 / Sunday 28 October, 2018.
The event will take place in a Hotel for both the days where even lodging / boarding faciliites are arranged for the participants. The participants will have to arrange their own for to / fro journey.
For any further information and details of this meet could be collected from Mrs. Kety Aspi Daruwala, Ahmedabad [11-B Nilkanth Colony, Kankaria, Ahmedabad [380 022] Cell Phone +91 99099 51509] or from Mr. Aspy Nariman Bharucha, Ahmedabad, using email id – firstname.lastname@example.org and /or email@example.com.
We shall appreciate, if you kindly highlight the above in your esteemed weekly newspaper and oblige. We shall intimate in due course of the event proposed for your editorial staff to participate.
Kety Aspy Daruwala
Matrimonial meet – Ahmedabad – 2018.
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