Students of the Iranian School of Los Angeles who have been studying the Farsi language since March 27 joined their parents recently in an end of year celebration, which coincided with the Yalda night (Winter Solstice), the longest night of the year. This event has been celebrated among Iranians for centuries.
The multi-purpose room of the Crescenta-Cañada YMCA hosted the celebration that rewarded the kids who showed up every Sunday morning from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. These students are beginning to show signs of mastering the language, improving their reading and writing skills.
One major difference between Farsi and English is that Farsi is read and written from right to left.
The class began with only 10 students in the spring and now has tripled in size. The class unites the community as both Farsi speakers and non- speakers alike are welcome.
The next session starts on Jan. 8. For more information, email or call Iradj Derakhshan at (818) 480-0910 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Information is also available on Facebook at Iranian School of Los Angeles.
Contributed by Iradj (Ira) DERAKHSHAN