Nowruz celebration customs in Khorasan
The people of Khorasan Province, northeastern Iran, observe their own local traditions during the Nowruz Iranian New Year on the spring equinox, as in all other provinces around Iran. Many of these are in common with other areas in the country, including spring cleaning, buying new clothes, and visiting family and friends.
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.
Khorasan music week honors dotar musician
Khorasan music week will begin in Tehran tomorrow, honoring dotar player Osman Mohammad-Parast. Khorasan music week celebrates the folk music of Iran and promotes young musicians of the genre. It will run from 5-9 March 2018, sponsored by the Institute of Iranian Arts and Culture. Five music bands will be performing at the event being held in Ferdowsi Hall os the Humanities Forum.
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.
Great Persian carpet expo praised by Iraqi Minister
The first expo of over 84 pieces of exquisite antique Persian carpets and tableau rugs is on in the Ministry of Culture Hall in Baghdad until 12 February 2018.
Efforts for global registration, exports of Persian Cat
One of the pure-bred Iranian pets is the Persian cat. Although it is world famous and has a long history in Iran, its breeding in Iran does not have a long precedence.
Keeping the pure-bred Persian cat as a pet has many enthusiasts in the world, and this can become a high revenue business of breeding and exports.
Germany introduces Persian civilization
A book on German excavations in Iran in the historical sites of Teppe Pahlevan, Rivi, and the Sassanid Temple of Takht-e Soleiman has been published, entitled “Transcultural Research – Heidelberg Studies on Asia and Europe in a Global Context”.
Buried Achaemenid city discovered in Khorasan
In excavations being carried out at the Rivi historical site in northern Khorasan Province, archaeologists have discovered parts of a hall displaying columns in a large adobe building belonging to Achaemenid times.
International Handicrafts Fair
Iran has expressed its readiness to host the International Handicrafts Fair. The Deputy for handicrafts pointed to the higher quality of exhibits at the fair and said: ‘Suitable planning means that Iran can host other artisans at this Fair and host international handicrafts exhibitions like Florence.”
Apple and Jujube Festival in Damavand
(Persia Digest)- The Apple and Jujube Festival is being held in a joint tourism and handicrafts fair for Damavand and Southern Khorasan and will continue until September 11th.
Ghosts crying in a cursed wood
‘Sarborj’ is a village near Mashhad in Khorasan Province. Just outside the village, there is a wood blanketed with trees which is quiet peaceful during the day, like all other woods. Come nightfall, haunting sounds in the midst of its trees are enough to make you think twice.
Don’t distance yourself (music)
Artist: Morteza & Majid Yeganeh rad
Album: The other indescribable moment
(Persia Digest) - Dour Masho [Don’t distance yourself] is the first track of the album “The other indescribable moment” inspired by Khorasani music and performed with percussion instruments which play the biggest part in this album together with the vocals.