Following two nights of unrests in Tehran, the situation has returned to normal and the police and security forces are back in control.
The protests, declared illegal by the government, were on occasion accompanied by slogans against its high-ranking officials. But calm has returned to the country from Tuesday night. Car and pedestrian traffic in some parts of the capital, including between Ferdowsi and Revolution squares, was restored with the presence of the security forces.
The Behrouzi House in Qazvin with a pedigree of 200 years, gifts tourists with a life’s experience in a delightful atmosphere in the Iranian style; this house as the first traditional hotel in Qazvin began its operation on the last day of 2015 and presently is ready to receive guests throughout the year.
The historic dam structure in Shushtar is a network of bridges, dams, mills, waterfalls, canals, and large tunnels of water which is Iran’s 10th registered site at Unesco.
The Shushtar Dam is a gorgeous historic site dating back to 4000 years ago. This was used as a means of running industrial water mills in Sassanid times, conducting water from Karoun River to this nearby city, and even cities further afield.
From Thursday 28 December last week, protests broke out in Mashhad, Iran’s second largest city and spread to other cities in a domino effect. Initially, demonstrators protested the rising food and fuel prices by shouting “no to rising costs”. But, this took on political aspects where anti-regime slogans were heard at some of the demonstrations.
The New Year has been celebrated at the Grigor Lusavorich Church in Tehran. Christian and even non-Christian countries celebrate the New Year on 31 December. New Year’s eve is also recognized as the seventh day of Christmas celebrations in western Christianity.
Farhad Sadeghi is an artisan from the lush Anzali Port in northern Iran. He is known by his fellow citizens here with the iron robots that he creates. He has recently made an interesting horse that can be ridden, made of loose sticks of wood on the beach.
With the relentless efforts of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), the fire at “Rag Sefid” oil well has been extinguished. On Tuesday night, 24 December 2017, the fire finally began to change color and diminish in height – the first surface signs that the fire at the burning well was going out. Finally, the fire was completely extinguished and safety operations began. Initial reports indicate that an estimated 580 thousand barrels of raw oil were burnt in this fire.
Many districts of Isfahan, where Iranian Armenians live, are getting ready for the New Year. These are the more historic districts in the old fabric of the city that are also tourist attractions. The Jolfa district is one of these.
The society for the protection of animals and the environment in the southern Khuzestan Province has set up a shelter for dogs called “Neeki” [kindness]. Stray dogs are taken there and homes are found for them once they have been vaccinated and neutered. Stray dogs are a big problem in the city of Ahvaz in southwestern Iran.
Dickensian novel, Oliver Twist, has been turned into a Persian musical directed by Hossein Parsaei. It is on stage at Vahdat Hall in Tehran.
Oliver Twist is one of the English author Charles Dickens’s best known novels which has gone on stage in Tehran with the efforts of dramaturgist
With the coming of Christmas and the New Year, Christians living in Tehran are busy with their celebrations.
Armenian Iranians make up the largest Christian community in Iran. These days, they are doing their Christmas shopping to celebrate the New Year. There was a time when Christmas in Tehran only came to streets such as Mirza-ye Shirazi and a number of other districts where Armenian Iranians were mostly resident. Now, we are witnessing an ever-growing presence of Christmas across the city, where all its citizens are taking an interest in it.