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.
Greenery and life in Iranian mythology
Iranian culture holds trees in high esteem, if not holy. Cutting and breaking them is frowned upon. In Persian mythology, Mithra (Zoroastrian Divinity (yazata) and guardian of the cattle, harvest, and waters) was born of a pine tree. The pine, or cypress, is an evergreen, heavenly tree representing love.
The great Ferdowsi and “Shahnameh”
January 21 is the birthday of Hakim Abolghassem Ferdowsi, the great Persian poet whose epic Book of Kings “Shahnameh” has been introduced as one of the world’s three top works by Unesco.
Carnival of Shahnameh Dolls in Sistan
Sistan & Baluchistan Province will host the International Conference on Legends in February 2018.
Respect for the older persons in Iran
International Day of Older Persons on 1 October is a day of increasing awareness and support for the elderly. As the UN has emphasized, this should be a day for countries to look on old age as an opportunity for everyone and to highlight their contributions.
Red-Haired Woman inspired by the Kings
Orhan Pamuk is the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2006. In his latest interview with Slate Magazine he speaks of how he was inspired by the Shahnameh Book of Kings by Ferdowsi and Oedipus the King by Sophocles when writing his new novel The Red-Haired Woman.
Beijing stages 'Death of Sohrab'
An ‘Iran Day’ was held at Beijing International Book Fair where Iranian music and drama was welcomed by the Chinese audience. A warm welcome also awaited the performance of pieces from the ‘Shahnameh Book of Kings’ by the Ambassadors of Peace and Friendship.
Persian Trilogy (music)
Artist: Behzad Ranjbaran
Album: Persian Trilogy
(Persia Digest) – Three major legends from Ferdowsi’s Book of Kings “Shahnameh” are used to create Behzad Ranjbaran’s work, transformed into an Iranian masterpiece, The Persian Trilogy, by the London Symphony Orchestra; a classical, romantic piece with elements of modern music.