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Iranian food festival in Pakistan

Iranian food festival in Pakistan

An Iranian Food Festival has been held in Karachi with the efforts of the Iranian Consulate General here following the Iranian New Year celebrations, Nowruz.  

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“Sizdah be dar” – A 4000-year old celebration

“Sizdah be dar” – A 4000-year old celebration

“Sizdah be dar” is part of the Nowruz celebrations in Iran which takes place on the 13th day of Farvardin. It dates back to at least 4000 years ago. Following the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran, this day was named as “Nature Day” in the official calendar of the country and is a national holiday.  

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Nowruz in Tajikistan with Persian music and sounds

Nowruz in Tajikistan with Persian music and sounds

As in Iran, Nowruz is an ancient national celebration in Tajikistan. A celebration holding the key to friendships and a revival of all nature. Persian poetry and songs hold a special place in the customs of Tajikistan. It is interesting to know that many Nowruz customs here are accompanied by murmurs of songs in Persian.  

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Nowruz in Pakistan – The kite festival

Nowruz in Pakistan – The kite festival

Nowruz is not only celebrated in Iran. Many neighboring countries also celebrate this New Year, including Pakistan and Turkey. The Basnat Kite Festival in Punjab, Lahore, falls on the spring equinox and is also a celebration of Nowruz. In Iran, Pakistan, and ten other countries, 300 million people celebrate Nowruz with similar customs at the beginning of spring. The UN General Assembly has proclaimed 21 March as international Nowruz Day with Iranian roots on its calendar.  

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Nowruz in the village of ancient windcatchers

Nowruz in the village of ancient windcatchers

Lāft village in Hormuzgan Province, southern Iran, has the oldest windcatchers and fantastic sunsets in Iran. The village is in the north of Qeshm Island. It is a coral island the soil of which has been used in building the houses and windcatchers here, completing the beautiful presence of nature on the Island.  

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Spend Nowruz in the land of wonders

Spend Nowruz in the land of wonders

A visit to Chabahar in southernmost Iran may be one of the most enjoyable trips of your life, as its attractions have earned it the reputation of the lost paradise and land of wonders. Chabahar is a free zone in the Sistan and Baluchistan Province of Iran, famous for its natural landscape of unusual Martian mountains of “Shahbazband” worth visiting, especially if you are interested in science fiction. Horror movie lovers can also visit the Jinn Cemetery in the historic village of Tiss.  

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Nowruz in Hormozgan does not start in the spring

Nowruz in Hormozgan does not start in the spring

In Hormozgan Province, Nowruz does not take place on the first day of spring. July 21 marks the first day of real heat in this southern province and it has been named the Fisherman’s Nowruz. It is a day when all fishing comes to a standstill in this Province. July 21 is when fish lay their eggs in the Persian Gulf and it is a day when no fish must be caught.  

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Nowruz traditions in Shiraz

Nowruz traditions in Shiraz

Apart from the traditional “Haft Sin” [Seven Ss] spread laid for Nowruz New Year on the spring equinox across Iran, a “Haft Mim” [Seven Ms] spread is also laid out in the provincial capital of Fars Province, Shiraz, in central Iran. These all start with M in Persian, and include chicken, fish, shrimp, masghati sweet, yoghurt, and raisins. Rhubarb yoghurt, honey, dates, butter, cheese, lettuce, and dyed eggs are also part of the spread.  

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A hundred centuries of civilization in Dehloran

A hundred centuries of civilization in Dehloran

Dehloran is the provincial capital of Dehloran County, Ilam Province, Iran. Its plenteous history and civilization of a hundred centuries will be providing an amazing trip for Nowruz travelers, such as Tappeh Ali-Kosh, spa springs, the cave of bats, bitumen spring, and many more.  

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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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Nowruz celebrations in Zanjan

Nowruz celebrations in Zanjan

As in all other places in Iran, the Nowruz celebrations are the most important of all national celebrations in Zanjan Province, called “Bayram” in the local dialect. Apart from the common Nowruz ceremonies between Zanjan and other provinces in Iran, the people here also have their own particular rituals.  

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