Iran’s top diplomat, Javad Zarif, has sent greetings for Christmas and the New Year in a tweet.
Zarif has tweeted a verse from the Quran, saying: “The angels said, Mary, God gives you glad tidings of a Word from Him whose name is Christ, Jesus, son of Mary; highly honored in this world and the next.” Quran 3:45
Christmas is around the corner and Christians in Iran are getting ready to celebrate the New Year like everywhere else. A Christian lady in Tehran says happily: “For us, Christmas, Easter, Yalda winter solstice, or the Iranian Nowruz New Year are no different from one another, because they are all causes for celebration.”
A wave of earthquakes has been hitting Iran since mid-November along the Zagros fault, extending from the west of Iran to the south. It was deadly in Sarpol-e Zahab in Kermanshah in November, and it has now reached Tehran last night, when an earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale, with its epicenter in Malard, shook Tehran, Karaj, and the surrounding cities.
December 21, the last night of fall, is also the longest night of the year. For Iranians, it is an occasion for visiting one another, eating watermelon and nuts, and reading Persian poetry.
Shab Chelleh or Shab Yalda is the name of this first night of winter, which coincides with the winter solstice since the Iranian calendar corresponds to the natural calendar. Iranians have been observing Yalda with special ceremonies since ancient times.
Every ethnic group in Iran has its own way of asking for a girl’s hand, and the girl’s family have their own way of answering the suitor’s family. Among these, the Qashqai people have a rather interesting custom. Needless to say, most tribes have turned to city life in this day and age and old traditions are on their way out.
The songs murmured by the men and women of Iran during work have mostly survived in the oral history of Iranian music. This year, the first Work Songs Festival has started in Tehran as from yesterday, with 140 musicians performing songs from various groups, such as town criers, women shepherds, sailors, etc.
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has announced that the 8-year old Iranian boy, Soheil Ahmadpour, is the winner of the World Food Day 2017 painting contest in the 5 to 8 category, with the slogan “Change the future of migration, invest in food security and rural development”.
Recently, we have been hearing about days being named as days without violence in different countries. On the calendar, 2 October is the International Day of Non-Violence. But all this naming and reminding perhaps insinuates that violence is on the rise in our world.
A little boy named Ali Zinalzadeh suffering from cancer had a wish to become a police officer one day. And now, his wish has been granted with the efforts of West Azerbaijan (Iran) Police Chief and the Urmia Child Welfare Charity.
The results of a survey conducted by Iran Standard & Quality Inspection Co (ISQI) show that an estimated 35% of the participants named the 4-wheel drive cars as their favorite in this country, while most of the cars on the road here are saloon cars.
The 2nd annual international clinical oncology congress, and the 12th national congress, wrapped up today 23 December 2017.
This 2-day congress, 22-23 December, organized by the Iranian Society of Clinical Oncology (ISCO) aims to treat and control cancer, transfer knowledge, and share scientific achievements. 230 papers were received here, of which 80 were printed as posters.
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.
Professor of arts and media studies at Université Paris III, Fahimeh Najmi, has released her book entitled “Le Théâtre, L'Iran et L'Occident” [The Theater, Iran, and the Occident] in Paris on 11 April 2018.
Seventy-eight years ago, on 24 April, the first radio transmitter in Iran began broadcasting from the old Shemiran road studios in Tehran. Exactly on 24 April, 1940, a radio service started which presented programs such as news, Iranian music, cultural and artistic subjects, history and geography for eight hours a day. The service was only for Tehran, and for this reason became known as “Radio Tehran”.
With tensions between regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia at the brink, a rare dialogue recently took place between two former senior Saudi and Iranian officials. Hosted by the Center for Strategic Studies at the Joint Special Operations University in Tampa, Florida, former Saudi Ambassador to the United States and Director General of Saudi Arabia’s intelligence agency Prince Turki al Faisal debated Hossein Mousavian, a former spokesman for Iran’s nuclear negotiators and chairman of the foreign policy committee of Iran’s National Security Council. The lively discussion touched on each country’s view of its security environment and the broader issues affecting the Iran-Saudi relationship. LobeLog has obtained the full transcript of the conversation, and the following is an abbreviated excerpt covering the key points.
Iran's foreign minister said Monday that neither Iran nor Saudi Arabia can be the dominant power in the Middle East and what's needed most is for countries in the Persian Gulf region to talk to each other — not about each other.