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Zoroastrian rituals begin in Chak-Chak

Zoroastrian rituals begin in Chak-Chak

A 5-day international Zoroastrian ceremony has begun on 14 June 2018, with the followers of Ashu Zarathushtra from Iran and other countries, at the Chak-Chak fire temple in Ardakan, Yazd Province.  

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A reflection of Supreme Leader photo in US media

A reflection of Supreme Leader photo in US media

A photograph of the Supreme Leader of Iran at the Tehran Book Fair has attracted the attention of foreign media. Persia Digest reports that the photograph shows the Supreme Leader reading “Fire and Fury” by Michael Wolff. This has met with reactions in the US media.

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Iran reacts to US withdrawal from nuclear deal

Iran reacts to US withdrawal from nuclear deal

The withdrawal of US from the multilateral nuclear deal was met with widespread reactions in Iran. Persia Digest reports that the Iranian president immediately responded to Trump's speech and ttweeted: “The menace of a deal breaker is removed.”

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Nowruz in Kermanshah – The 5-day ruler

Nowruz in Kermanshah – The 5-day ruler

Nowruz ceremonies in Kermanshah and surrounding areas, in western Iran, begin with spring cleaning and carpet cleaning. An old custom in Kermanshah is “shaking carpets”, when carpets are hung on bars on rooftops and the sound of brooms hit against the carpets is heard in all the back alleys of the city. Cleaning or “shaking carpets” is a big part of the spring cleaning which has been observed in Kermanshah from old times.  

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Pre-Nowruz traditional ceremonies in Yazd

Pre-Nowruz traditional ceremonies in Yazd

Among the people of Yazd, the 10 days before Nowruz are known as “Panje Kouchak” [the small five days], and the ten days after Nowruz are known as “Panj-e Bozorg” [the big five days]. During the “Panj-e Kouchak” days, ceremonies such as Chaharshanbeh Suri [Fireworks Wednesday], breaking clay pitchers, cooking Ash-e reshteh, baking bread especially sweet breads, arranging the Haft-Sin table, Khāne-takānī [spring cleaning], and buying new clothes are performed.  

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Three dead 2082 injured during Charshanbeh Suri

Three dead 2082 injured during Charshanbeh Suri

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.  

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Chaharshanbeh Suri - The festival of fire

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.

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Who will be the winner of a Saudi-Iran war?

Who will be the winner of a Saudi-Iran war?

A Canadian paper has published an article entitled “The signs that Iran and Saudi Arabia preparing for war”, writing “The Islamic rivals are already battling indirectly in several countries.” The Toronto Star column says: “The growing rivalry between the region’s most powerful countries — Iran and Saudi Arabia — will be what triggers the world’s next catastrophic war.” The paper writes that the main showdown in the Middle East is between Saudi Arabia and Iran over who controls the region and asks the question of who will be the winner of such a war.  

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Ministry of Energy fire: Building subsides or collapses

Ministry of Energy fire: Building subsides or collapses

With the passing of only a year and a few days after the Plasco building fire and collapse in Tehran, the 51-year old building of the Ministry of Energy, with the same metal structure as Plasco, has caught fire in the capital which has not been extinguished after 24 hours of efforts by firefighters yet. The dangers of it collapsing are very high.  

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“Sadeh” celebrations in Kerman

“Sadeh” celebrations in Kerman

The ancient “Sadeh” ceremony was celebrated in Kerman Tuesday evening by a group of Zoroastrians and their compatriots in “Baghcheh Badaghi”. The ceremonies began with prayers by the Magi of magis and a message by the Zoroastrian MP was read for the occasion.  

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Sadeh - an ancient festival of light

Sadeh - an ancient festival of light

Today, January 30th, is the Sadeh festival in the Iranian calendar. It is one of the greatest and most ancient Persian festivals in honor of Ahura Mazda and safeguarding of fire, the first offspring of the earth and one of four pure elements.

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