By Jennifer McRae

DENVER (CBS4)– Dozens gathered at Red Rocks at sunrise Tuesday to celebrate the Winter Solstice. They played drums as the sun rose over the natural amphitheater.

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Not only is it the first day of Winter, it’s also the shortest day of the year.

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Tuesday’s sunrise was also extra special for some of Colorado’s Iranian community who showed up to celebrate Yalda, an ancient Persian holiday marking the end of long nights and welcoming brighter days ahead.

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Jennifer McRae