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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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“Koocheh Music Festival ” in Bushehr

“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.  

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Japanese garden planned in Rasht

Japanese garden planned in Rasht

At a meeting with the delegation of Japanese investors on planning a Japanese garden, the Mayor of Rasht metropolis stated: “The lush landscape of Rasht has already been introduced on an international level and planning a garden here is welcomed by the city officials.”

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Do not approach these dangerous sites in Iran

Do not approach these dangerous sites in Iran

There are sites in Iran hiding secrets at their heart and still wearing a shroud of mystery with the passage of time. Some of these are manmade, and others have been made by the life-giving Divinity. This report will take you on a safe tour of some of these sites.

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Horaman - as old as the hills

Horaman - as old as the hills

You may have already heard much of Masuleh, a quaint, stepped village in the midst of mountains in northern Iran. There is another stepped village, Horaman, in Kurdistan which is famous as the Masuleh of Kurdistan.

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New poetry gets its own congress

New poetry gets its own congress

Contemporary poetry in Iran gets its congress for the very first time under the name ‘New Poetry of Iran.' The congress is scheduled to take place in the city of Rasht, which is the capital of Gilan Province, for four days in mid-November.

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Romantic road in Iran

Romantic road in Iran

The Khalkhal – Asalem road connects Khalkhal village in Ardabil Province to Asalem in Guilan Province. It’s picturesque nature and mountainous climate fuses with the plains at the end of the road to make it the dreamiest mountain forest trip in Iran.

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The colored volume  (music)

The colored volume (music)

Artist: Hamid Saeidi Album: Imaginary knots Genre: Fusion Year: 2010   (Persia Digest) – “The colored volume” is a track from the album “Imaginary knots”, based on music from Talesh, Guilan Province, in northwestern Iran. It has Arian roots and has been skillfully arranged and performed.

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Aha boogoo   (music)

Aha boogoo (music)

Aha boogoo Artist  : Folk Band Genre: Electronic Folk music (Persia Digest)-  Aha boogoo is a folk song from Guilan Province in northern Iran, very cleverly fused with electronic music by the Folk band to give this old song a new lease of life. The lyrics are about a boy singing to his beloved while working in the fields.

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