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Inauguration of Tabriz 2018

Inauguration of Tabriz 2018

The city of Tabriz in Azerbaijan Province, northwestern Iran, has been selected as the Tourism Capital of Islamic Countries 2018. The opening ceremonies for the year-long event will take place on Wednesday 25 April by President Rouhani.  

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Shiraz hosts TU Dresden from Germany

Shiraz hosts TU Dresden from Germany

“TU Dresden Week” began work in Shiraz, central Iran, yesterday 15 April 2018. The event will run until 17 April with the aim of promoting scientific, cultural, environmental, and student exchanges. Shiraz and Dresden mayors will also be meeting on the sidelines of the event this week.  

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A waterfall of different flavors

A waterfall of different flavors

A spring bubbling up from the heart of a mountain in the scorching heat flows down to create a beautiful waterfall called “Fadami”, a 130kms southeast of Darab in Fars Province, southern Iran.  

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Kerman folk music festival planned for May

Kerman folk music festival planned for May

The 11th Iranian Folk Music Festival will be held in Kerman from 1-4 May 2018. The program includes performances by music groups selected from provincial festivals, out of competition, pioneers of the genre, and instrumental music. Participants will have to send their works to the Festival Secretariat for selection.  

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Khorasan Province culture at Europe’s doorstep

Khorasan Province culture at Europe’s doorstep

At a meeting with the CEO of Khorasan Razavi Province’s Cultural Heritage Organization, the Iranian Ambassador to Georgia, Seyed Javad Ghavam Shahidi, said: “Khorasan Razavi Province in northeastern Iran enjoys a rich history and civilization which can prove to be of interest for the Georgians during the cultural organized on the subject in Tbilisi.”  

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Kerman – A history hidden in its back alleys

Kerman – A history hidden in its back alleys

Kerman is one of Iran’s larger cities and the provincial capital of Kerman Province in southeastern Iran. It is also one of five historic cities in the country. Its main attractions include the Bam Citadel, Rayen Citadel, and numerous other historical buildings from the Safavid and Qajar eras.  

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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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Spend Nowruz in the heaven of Iran

Spend Nowruz in the heaven of Iran

The historic monuments and natural landscapes of Mazandaran Province and its springs, villages, bungalows, the sea and the jungle, have all turned this northern area of Iran into a heaven for Nowruz travelers. Mazandaran has over 2500 historic monuments and natural spots, 700 of which have been registered as Iran’s national heritage. Some of these are as follows:  

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Nowruz rituals in Kerman Province

Nowruz rituals in Kerman Province

The people of Kerman Province, in southeast Iran, have their own particular ceremonies for Nowruz. They get together on the eve of the last Wednesday of the year for a joyful celebration of singing and jumping over bonfires and eating nuts especially mixed for the night. Distributing free sweets, food, and fruits in cemeteries on the last Thursday of the year, called the “New Year of the Dead”, is another ancient custom observed in Kerman Province.  

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“Nowruz Gahan” celebration days in Kermanshah

“Nowruz Gahan” celebration days in Kermanshah

Kermanshah Province, in western Iran, celebrates Nowruz in each of its historical buildings with folk music and dance and different Haft Sin spreads. If you have already traveled to Kermanshah and visited the Bisotun world heritage site in the vast expanse of its green plains, you will know that at the foot of Bisotun mountain, in a place called “Farhad Tarash” (Legend has it that Farhad was in love with the King’s [Khosrow] wife Shirin.

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Hormozgan marine tours for Nowruz

Hormozgan marine tours for Nowruz

The Iranian New Year, Nowruz 1397 HS, on the spring equinox will be celebrated in Hormozgan Province with traditional sea-going tours on dhows in the coastal cities of this Province. Other programs include handicrafts exhibitions, souvenir shopping, reading the “Shahnameh”, and laying the New Year “Haft Sin” spread. Local customs, games, and cuisine will also be introduced here.

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"Carnival of happiness” goes to earthquake-stricken areas

A “Carnival of happiness” will be going to the earthquake-stricken areas of Kermanshah Province in western Iran for Nowruz 2018. A special bus has been set up for the Nowruz holidays with a professional team of artists and will be on its way to the earthquake-stricken areas soon. The carnival includes musicians and game teams for children.  

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