The customary ceremonies of “Kusseh galin” and “Chamcheh galin” have been held in the Abshineh village of Hamedan Province in Iran, from old times praying for rain. “Kkusseh gardi” or “Kusseh bar neshastan” is a custom celebrated just before Nowruz with roots in the Sassanid period and before that. “Kusseh” is a figure bringing news of Nowruz, spring, joy, and a revival of nature, and known as a good omen by ancient people.
The people of Ardabil Province, northwestern Iran, spend the last Wednesday of the year on the river banks to celebrate the ancient custom of reviving everything that is old and counting their blessings. This revival of life is an old custom welcoming spring which is observed on the morning of Chaharshanbeh Suri every year. Historians indicate that the date has been moved with the passage of time, but the custom of celebrating water and light remains strong among its keepers, when young and old go to the river banks to celebrate the coming of the New Year.
Spring cleaning is an old custom practiced from old days during the last two months of the year to start spring and Nowruz across Iran. By approaching the New Year, the people of Tehran also get rid of the old dust in their home and clean it from top to bottom. The carpets, curtains, windows, and walls are all washed. Wardrobes are cleared out and bookshelves are dusted as a routine spring cleaning for Nowruz.
The 10-megawatt solar power plant opened with the presence of the Italian Ambassador to Iran and a number of national and regional directors on Qeshm Island. The first solar power plant in Hormozgan Province officially opened on Qeshm Island with the presence of deputies and directors of Satba, the Italian Ambassador to Iran, Qeshm Free Zone directors, and other regional officials.
Just before springtime and Nowruz in Iran in the old days, folk singers use to go round the houses in the villages of Gorgan, capital of Golestan Province by the Caspian Sea in northeastern Iran, to give the good news of spring coming in their songs and be rewarded with presents and gifts of cash.
With increasing rainfall in recent days and the release of some of the dams’ water in the drainage basin of Lake Urmia, the water level of this lake has risen. According to the head of Lake Urmia Restoration Program’s provincial office, the water level of Lake Urmia has now reached 1,170 meters and 68 centimeters, which is four centimeters more than the same time last year and 37 centimeters more than the beginning of the current water year.
The Rudkhan Castle, also known as the "Thousand Stairs Castle”, is a historical structure in the northern Guilan Province of Iran, which has been built using millions of bricks. Some experts have estimated the construction date of the Rudkhan Castle to be during the Sassanid era, coinciding with the Arab invasion of Iran, and rebuilt during the Seljuk period.
Sayena was born in 2003 with Down’s syndrome. Treatments began when she was diagnosed at four months old. With the relentless efforts of her mother, she is now enrolled in an ordinary school alongside other students in ninth grade and intends to study art and painting. The hard work and support of Sayena’s mum in taking her to music and art classes has meant that she is skilled in painting and playing the piano.
The Louvre in Tehran exhibition was officially inaugurated today, 5 March 2018, by the French Foreign Minister who is on a visit to Iran. Fifty-five masterpieces have been brought over to Tehran, selected from the different departments of the Louvre Museum in Paris.
Pir Taghi Suspension Bridge is one of the numerous tourist attractions of Ardabil Province, northwestern Iran, located in the deep and beautiful valleys of Hashjin in Khalkhal County. The suspension bridge is 70 meters long, 60 meters high and one meter wide; it has been built over the confluence of Givi Chai and Qizil Üzan rivers.
The art of doll making transfers the rich culture of countries around the world, and the dolls of the village of Tajmir bear the signs of the rich culture of Sarbisheh in Nehbandan region. During the making of dolls, the valuable native treasure trove of lullabies, poems, and memories of village life led by the nomads is also revealed. Dolls are not made solely for playing, but they create a small version of the local community culture; as dolls also introduce clothes, ornaments, stories and other native customs.