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Tours of classical Persian music across Iran

Tours of classical Persian music across Iran

A new tour of classical Persian music has been planned across Iran. The weekend will see a concert by Shahram Nazeri in Kermanshah, and by Kayhan Kalhor and Erdal Erzincan in Rasht and Shiraz following their international tours.  

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The world celebrates Sa'di Day

The world celebrates Sa'di Day

Today, 21 April, is Sa’di World Day - the day in which Sa’di the great Iranian poet, in his own words, begins to compose his Golistan collection of poems.  

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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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Iran receives 24th int’l tourist train

Iran receives 24th int’l tourist train

The 24th international tourist train will enter Iran’s Sarakhs border town on the evening of 3 April 2018. The passengers will spend seven days visiting the Iranian provinces of Khorasan Razavi, Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz, Yazd, and Kerman.  

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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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Pre-Nowruz traditional ceremonies in Shiraz

Pre-Nowruz traditional ceremonies in Shiraz

The city of Shiraz, which is known as the city of poetry and literature, gardens, flowers and nightingales, also has special ceremonies in the pre-Nowruz period. One of the ceremonies held on the eve of the last Wednesday of the year or Fireworks Wednesday in Shiraz is visiting the "Fish Pool". In the western corner of Sa’di’s mausoleum, there is a hot mineral water aqueduct that the people of Shiraz call the "Fish Pool."  

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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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Iranian Embassy stormed in London

Iranian Embassy stormed in London

Four men, supporters of Ayatollah Sadegh Shirazi, climbed on the balcony of the Iranian Embassy in London on Friday afternoon, 9 March 2018, took down the Iranian flag, and rose their own flag in an apparent protest to the arrest of Ayatollah Shirazi’s son resident in the holy city of Qom in the north of Iran. Grand Ayatollah Sadegh Shirazi is a critic of the Iranian government. Following the arrest of his son, protests were also staged in Karbala, central Iraq.  

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Chinese finance for Shiraz-Bushehr railways

Chinese finance for Shiraz-Bushehr railways

At the signing ceremony for a cooperation agreement between Iran and China to build the provincial capitals of Shiraz (Fars Province) to Bushehr (Bushehr Province) railway line, the Iranian Minister of Roads and Urban Development announced: “In addition to connecting Shiraz to Bushehr, our other rail projects include a line from Shiraz to Gol-Gohar (Kerman Province), from Kerman to Bandar Abbas (Hormozgan Province), and from Kerman to Chahbahar (Sistan & Baluchistan Province). On completion, a heavy road traffic load can be transferred on to the railway lines.”

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Hotels to offer New Year discounts

Hotels to offer New Year discounts

The "New Year tourism" project is being implemented for the Nowruz holidays [Iranian New Year], offering discounts from 30 to 50 percent in some hotels in Iran.  

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