Chaharshanbeh Suri - The festival of fire
Iran has had a long tradition of holding festivals, and Chaharshanbeh Suri is one of the ancient Iranian festivals of fire and a prelude to Nowruz. Many Iranian festivals have been forgotten during the course of history, but Chaharshanbeh Suri, on the eve of the last Wednesday of the year, is a night which, according to ancient Iranian rituals, people light a great fire that sometimes burns until dawn. They jump over bonfires and sing “[let] your ruddiness [be] mine, my paleness yours” to give their illnesses, problems and sorrows to the fire, and the fire gives them its warmth and ruddiness instead.
“Koocheh Music Festival ” in Bushehr
The first special program of the “Koocheh Music Festival” began in Bushehr yesterday, provincial capital of Bushehr Province, southern Iran. The show will go on until 16 March with the performance of folk music from around Iran. Last week also saw the celebration of Bushehri music festival on the occasion of Bushehr Day, accompanied by folk songs.
Chinese finance for Shiraz-Bushehr railways
At the signing ceremony for a cooperation agreement between Iran and China to build the provincial capitals of Shiraz (Fars Province) to Bushehr (Bushehr Province) railway line, the Iranian Minister of Roads and Urban Development announced: “In addition to connecting Shiraz to Bushehr, our other rail projects include a line from Shiraz to Gol-Gohar (Kerman Province), from Kerman to Bandar Abbas (Hormozgan Province), and from Kerman to Chahbahar (Sistan & Baluchistan Province). On completion, a heavy road traffic load can be transferred on to the railway lines.”
Kashan becomes book capital of Iran
Kashan, a city in Isfahan Province, has been selected as the book capital of Iran from a list of finalists for the fourth time. Fars News Agency reports that, in the fourth year of the competition, Kashan made it to list of finalists for the fourth consecutive year. After making second place last year, it was able to make it to the top of the list with forty projects submitted by the city’s Department of Islamic Culture and Guidance to the competition Secretariat.
Bushehri music “Lian” in Iran, England, Scotland
The music group “Lian” in their recent performances with music groups from other countries are trying to offer modernist renditions. This folklore music group from the city of Bushehr in southwest Iran on the Persian Gulf coast will be performing on stage on the third
Bust sculpture of Shajarian unveiled
A bust sculpture of Master Shajarian by Amir Bagheri, sculptor and painter, has been unveiled next to Abol-Hassan Kharaghani Mausoleum at the annual Hafez Lovers Conference.