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[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Newspaper]: Ettehad-e Melli

[Date:] 16 Aban 1334 [8 November 1955]

[Issue No.:] 390

 

At the Military Governorate Headquarters

On the eve of last Thursday [3 November 1955], a feast was held at the Governorate Military Headquarters, which was interesting and worthy of mention for several reasons. Firstly; it was the celebration of the birth of the leader [Prophet] of Islam; secondly, the celebration was held in a place that until recently was the propagation centre of the Baha’is, because the Military Governorate has now moved to the former Haziratu’l-Quds [Baha'i Centre]; thirdly, the size of the crowd attending the celebration was extraordinary. We had seen the gardens, greeneries and the vast area; however, we had not seen its big auditorium, undoubtedly, one of the biggest existing auditoriums in Tehran is built in here.  It has a circular auditorium and it is three stories high.  It is similar to the opera houses of Paris and the important cities of Europe, and about three thousand people can fit in its auditorium and the adjacent area. It has a long and very big stage. That night, a huge crowd was seen in the auditorium, in all the gardens, inside the grass [area] and in the streets in front of the Centre. On the wall of the auditorium, two pictures of the Prophet of Islam and [Imam] Ali were hanged, which remain there.  The celebration continued until [between] seven and eight in the evening.