We had a wonderful Nowruz party at the Beverly Hilton Hotel last night. It was to celebrate Nowruz, the beginning of Spring and the Persian new year. The interior and the decoration of the International Ballroom looked great. Thank to Shideh and her staff. We also had the red carpet outside and the Beverly Hills Courier and our IAPA's photographers took pictures of the dignitaries and honorees. The IAPA (Iranian American Parents Association) board members and its president had worked tirelessly on this event for almost eight months. I have had the pleasure of being on the board of IAPA. Dr. Nanaz Pirnia a renown psychologist who is the president of this non-profit organization established in 1994, has been our family friend since we were classmates in the great University of Southern California, USC in the late 1970's and early 1980's. She has done so much for the Persian-American community.
We had a carpet weaving booth right at the entrance. Our master weaver showed the guests how they could tie the knots and make a rug. Sheriff Leroy Baca, the head of Los Angeles County Sheriff Department, the largest and biggest sheriff department in the country, sat down with our weaver behind an actual rug loom and tied some knots. I told him I would send him the rug after it is finished!
We also had a silent auction with many great gifts and prizes. Several of our wonderful volunteers managed the auction. The prizes were too many to name here.
There was plenty of Persian food, Persian music and dances. Everybody had fun. We had great singers and vocalists. I will write more on this in a separate post. Here, I am posting some pictures of this great event.
I had several very dear American friends and guests who sat with us at our table. This is what one of them wrote to me few minutes ago in an e-mail:
"Dear Khosrow and Shirin,
Thank you so much for including me in your wonderful Nowruz celebrations last evening. Wow, what a fabulous party! Lots of music, beautiful flowers, great food, and your fellow Persians all dressed up, sparkling in their diamonds, and having fun! It was so much fun to see Ashkan and Kash, too, and I loved meeting Shirin’s sister, who seemed extremely nice, too. Unfortunately, I haven’t done dancing for a long time, so I am very out of condition. But it was still a lot of fun, and a great cultural exchange. Congratulations, too, on the organizational skills of your Parents Association, and all of the sponsorships that you were able to get.
Thanks again for such a lovely evening—and I look forward to seeing you at our next program, if not before."
Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)