San Jose Porseh Lecture Youth Congress Nowruz


1. Public Memorial 

When: Friday, February 13th, 2009 @ 3:00pm
Where: Rostam and Morvarid Guiv Dar-e-Mehr

Whether you had a loved one passed away during last year or not, come and participate in public memorial prayers. Avesta will be recited at 3:00pm.

2. Zoroastrian Lecture Series at Stanford University
Topic: Archaeology, Diaspora, and Identity: New Frontiers in Zoroastrian and
Parsi History and Culture
By: Dr. Yuhan Sohrab-Dinshaw Vevaina
When: Friday, Feb 27, 2009 @ 7:00pm
Where: Piggott Hall (Bldg 260), Room 113, Stanford University

This lecture will explore the ways in which the experiences of diaspora and migration have acted as powerful factors in Zoroastrian history, culture, and religious identity in both the past and the present. The first half of the lecture will survey the recent archaeological discoveries in rural Gujarat that are transforming our understanding of the early history and religious culture of the Parsi community in India. The second half of the lecture will discuss issues of demography, immigration, and changing religious practice in the most recent diasporas of Zoroastrians out of India and Iran to England, North America and beyond. The truly global nature of Zoroastrianism in the 21st century can be best appreciated by a deeper understanding of the rich migratory patterns and cultural adaptations of Zoroastrian communities through the centuries.

Yuhan Sohrab-Dinshaw Vevaina received his Ph.D. from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University in 2007. After completing his dissertation, Studies in Zoroastrian Exegesis and Hermeneuticswith a Critical Edition of the Sudgar Nask of Denkard Book 9, Dr. Vevaina served as a Core Fellow in the Core Curriculum in Harvard College and as a Lecturer at Harvard from 2007-2008. He has taught a number of courses related to Zoroastrianism including, Old Persian and Middle Language and Literature, an Introduction to Zoroastrianism and a seminar course on Contemporary Zoroastrianism. His research interests include:
critical approaches to the study of Zoroastrianism; the history and
development of Zoroastrian interpretation; the interplay between text and liturgy in ritual practice; colonial and post-colonial constructions of religion; and religion in diaspora. He is currently working on a number of articles and a book project.

3. The 12th North American Zoroastrian Youth Congress (Generation Z)
When: July 1st-5th 2009
Where: Fremont, California
* Youth Speakers and Workshops!
* Special Entertainment, Dinner & Dance on July 1 & July 4!
* Day trip to San Francisco!
* $250 Feb 15 – April 15
* $300 April 16 – June 15
* $350 June 16 onwards
* $400 on site
Fremont Marriott $64 /per night + taxes (up to 4 guests) until June 1.
Hotel Reservation (800) 228-9290 or (510) 413 3700 (ZYNA)

For more Information call (630) 468-2705 or

4. Nowruz Celebration
When: Saturday, March 21st, 2009
Where: San Jose, Holiday Inn

You are going to be entertained from head to toe and be fed like never before, so save the date and we will let you know of the details and how you can reserve tickets soon.


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