A “Carnival of happiness” will be going to the earthquake-stricken areas of Kermanshah Province in western Iran for Nowruz 2018. A special bus has been set up for the Nowruz holidays with a professional team of artists and will be on its way to the earthquake-stricken areas soon. The carnival includes musicians and game teams for children.
Tehran’s Azadi Tower gets a once over on the threshold of Nowruz, on its 46th birthday. Head of the Azadi Tower cultural-artistic complex, Nematollah Payan, said: “Azadi Tower is a tourist destination during Nowruz every year, both for visitors and Tehranis themselves. The cleaning of its exterior began last week with the efforts of the Rudaki Cultural Foundation and will be completed end of this week.”
During the Chaharshanbeh Suri celebrations in Iran last night, three people lost their lives, and there were 2082 cases of injury, 277 burns, 21 amputations, 15 fractures, and 151 hospitalizations. The Deputy of the emergency services of Iran announced that three people lost their lives during the Chaharshanbeh Suri firework celebrations in Iran last night.
Khaghani Street in Tabriz, the site of one of the oldest theaters in Iran, has been renamed “Theater” Street. Tabriz is one of the first Iranian cities to witness theatrical performances in its venues. The Armenian theater in Iran started in Tabriz, and the first play went on stage in Tabriz in 1877. After Tabriz, Armenian Iranians established theater groups in Tehran in 1878, in Jolfa-Isfahan in 1888, and in Rasht in 1921.
Statistics in Iran are sometimes surprising. The rate of burn incidents is eight times the global average as per the latest official statistics. According to Dr Mohammad Hadi Ayazi, Deputy Minister of Health, the burn rate in Iran is eight times the global average; these statistics suggest that our actions and those of the authorities must include safety measures.
A member of the Islamic City Council of Tehran has commented on the name change of North Kargar Street to Mosaddegh Street. Hojjat Nazari pointed out to the street being named after the former Prime Minister of Iran, Mohammad Mosaddegh (1951-1953), and said: “Due to reactions we received at the time of naming the tunnel linking Arash St to Esfandiar St after Mosaddegh, we placed naming a street after Mosaddegh on our agenda. We finally concluded to name N Kargar St after the late Mosaddegh and shorten the name of South Kargar to Kargar Street.”
The compulsory hijab is one of the issues raised since the beginning of the Islamic Revolution in 1979 and has always had opponents and advocates. This debate has been raised once again in recent weeks, due to the protest of some women against compulsory hijab, known as "Girls of Enghelab Street" movement. In this regard, Razavi News Agency interviewed Ayatollah Dr. Seyed Mohammad Ali Ayazi, a researcher, and university and Hawza professor.
Despite multiple protests by citizens and even the official orders of the Prosecutor's Office and members of the Islamic City Council, the demolition of Ray Cemetery just outside Tehran has not come to a halt and there is no end in sight before its total annihilation.
The International Paralympic Committee has nominated proud Iranian athlete, Zahra Nemati, for the International Women’ Day award. The International Paralympic Committee has nominated five women for the award on the occasion of International Women’ Day which takes place on 8 March every year. The award ceremony is held on the penultimate day of the 2018 Winter Paralympics.
Iran is the third leading engineer-producing country in the world but the first in terms of migration of elites, especially engineering graduates. Until a few years ago, engineering was regarded as an attractive and high-income discipline. However, at present, the highest number of unemployed graduates are from the engineering schools. For a long time, Iran has been the bedrock of noted engineers and scientists, of whom, one of the most renowned was Khajeh Nasir Toosi, whose birthday has been referred to in Iran as the “Engineer Day.”
The young 10-year old Iranian boy, Hossein Atayi Sangrudi from Karaj has already 16 inventions in his portfolio. Six of these are in the process of being registered. His inventions include the VTOL three-modality drones, gunboats, office furniture, miniature sprayer, multipurpose control for smart TVs, and so on.
In an interview with Persia Digest, Adib-Moghaddam said: It is imperative that Iran gets even closer to the EU, not least to keep the communication with Washington going, and to minimize misperceptions.
The German Schiller Group Concert is taking place in Tehran for the first time.
Christopher von Deylen, will be traveling to Tehran with his Group for the first time in mid-December to stage a concert at the Hall of the Ministry of the Interior over two nights on 11-12 December, at 21h30.
The people of Kerman Province, in southeast Iran, have their own particular ceremonies for Nowruz. They get together on the eve of the last Wednesday of the year for a joyful celebration of singing and jumping over bonfires and eating nuts especially mixed for the night. Distributing free sweets, food, and fruits in cemeteries on the last Thursday of the year, called the “New Year of the Dead”, is another ancient custom observed in Kerman Province.
You may have already heard that the name Nowruz in Kurdistan was attributed to the day when the Iranian hero Kaveh Ahangar was victorious over Zahhak. This day was named “Nowruz”, meaning New Day, and celebrated as the New Year. Large bonfires were lit on hilltops and people celebrated hand in hand by singing and dancing.
President Donald Trump issued a statement yesterday, 20 March, on the occasion of Nowruz, almost entirely addressed to Iran, as follows: I wish a beautiful and blessed Nowruz to the millions of people around the world who are celebrating the arrival of spring.
Kermanshah Province, in western Iran, celebrates Nowruz in each of its historical buildings with folk music and dance and different Haft Sin spreads. If you have already traveled to Kermanshah and visited the Bisotun world heritage site in the vast expanse of its green plains, you will know that at the foot of Bisotun mountain, in a place called “Farhad Tarash” (Legend has it that Farhad was in love with the King’s [Khosrow] wife Shirin.