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Tehran Diplomatic Ladies Bazaar

By Syma Sayyah, Tehran

Last month on a very hot Friday morning, we went to the annual bazaar in Tehran organized by the Diplomatic Ladies Group in the massive garden of the Turkish ambassador's lovely residence on the north east corner of Elayieh near Pul-e Roumie. They had sold nearly 3000 tickets, the proceeds of which went to charities and good causes in Iran.

It was truly a family affair. People young and old were there and I was most impressed with the many fathers who carried their toddlers along on their prams or on their arms.

The music was very good and there was a great variety of food on offer. The Mexicans and Peruvians had a large stand, and the Swiss had friendly dancing attendants. It made one happy to see such positive energy all around. There was a great diversity of interesting and tasty food from many countries. The smell of Turkish shawarma (doner kebab) was great and many could not resist it even if they were on a strict diet.

Cuban, Ukrainians, Malaysians, Palestinians, Moroccans, Korean, Japanese, Indonesians, were also among many others who were there although we did not see some of the Europeans except for Germans and Spanish. There was a very large lottery but we did not win anything. Many people just sat on grass and had a picnic. Everybody seemed to enjoy themselves and many bought lots of goodies to take home.

Many of the guests had come with their cars. For half a kilometer around the residence, it was difficult to find a place to park. All of our party met in one place and we all went in my friend Goli's car. She knew the area well and found a good parking place not too far away but the bazaar had caused quite a traffic jam; even though there were several police officers around, it took a while to just drive through.

Some of you have asked how I come to know about these events. The answer is that some of these ladies are class-mates with my husband Paul at Dehkhoda institute where they are all learning Persian.

Here are some photos for you to see.

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