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Nowruz in Pakistan – The kite festival
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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.  

From live music to puppetry in the Artists Forum
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From live music to puppetry in the Artists Forum

The Artists Forum in Tehran is holding its grand Spring festival from 22 March till 1 April as “Tehran – The city of arts”. The Festival has been arranged together with Tehran City Council for the Nowruz holidays. It includes exhibitions of visual arts, live classical Persian and international music, traditional plays, Naghali, and puppetry. The programs are from 16h00 to 22h00, 22 March-1 April 2018, at the Artists Forum.  

Spend Nowruz in the land of wonders
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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.  

Rasht – First bright lights city of Iran
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Rasht – First bright lights city of Iran

The provincial capital of Guilan Province in northern Iran, Rasht, has been named the first bright lights city of Iran at a ceremony attended by the Head of the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization of Iran. The aims of naming such a city can be cited as expanding tourism, managing its night life, urban regeneration, sustainable employment, attracting more tourists to Guilan Province, increased joy of life, family cohesion, bazaars opening at night for family recreation and reduction of depression, stress reduction, and reducing the destructive effects of loneliness for university students and the elderly.  

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Tesla and Volvo seek out 10-year old Iranian inventor

2018/01/06

The young 10-year old Iranian boy, Hossein Atayi Sangrudi from Karaj has already 16 inventions in his portfolio. Six of these are in the process of being registered. His inventions include the VTOL three-modality drones, gunboats, office furniture, miniature sprayer, multipurpose control for smart TVs, and so on.

Iran, US should opt long term relations

2017/10/22

In an interview with Persia Digest, Adib-Moghaddam said: It is imperative that Iran gets even closer to the EU, not least to keep the communication with Washington going, and to minimize misperceptions.

German Schiller Group Concert in Tehran

2017/11/14

The German Schiller Group Concert is taking place in Tehran for the first time. Christopher von Deylen, will be traveling to Tehran with his Group for the first time in mid-December to stage a concert at the Hall of the Ministry of the Interior over two nights on 11-12 December, at 21h30.  

Cooking Tour for Persian dishes

2017/08/16

Two young girls by the names of Shirin Tahanan and Matin Lashkari are the initiators of a delicious cooking tour in Tehran. Shirin cooks and Matin organizes the tour.  

New find in Persepolis

2017/08/20

The newly discovered gates in Persepolis will soon be turned into a museum site once all the protective and safety measures have been completed.

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US insults for Iran’s volleyball team

2018/06/19

The Iranian volleyball team competing in the FIVB Volleyball Men's Nations League in the US has been interrogated by the FBI at the airport.  

Zarif digs on Israeli nuclear warheads

2018/06/19

Iranian Prime Minister, Javad Zarif, has posted a tweet addressed to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI): “There are at least 80 nuclear warheads stationed in the Middle East. None are in Iran; rather, they're at the fingertips of a warmonger who howls incessantly about fabricated Iranian “ambitions”. Time for an overdue debate on the real threat to the region & beyond.”  

Rouhani: Tehran will stand by Doha

2018/06/19

In a telephone conversation with the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Monday, President Hassan Rouhani expressed hope that Tehran and Doha can make the best of the many capacities they have to promote trade between the two countries.  

Reactions to Netanyahu's plans for Iran

2018/06/18

Some time ago, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu sent a video message about the water crisis in Iran, saying: “Israel has the knowledge to stop an environmental crisis in Iran and I want to share this with the people of Iran.” He pointed to the launch of a website and a telegram channel in Persian to fight the water crisis in Iran, and stated: “Israel is with the Iranian people and I want to save the lives of many of them.”

Iran rep in OPEC: Will veto Saudi proposal

2018/06/18

Bloomberg reports that Iran says Venezuela and Iraq will join it in blocking a proposal to increase oil production that’s backed by Saudi Arabia and Russia when OPEC and its allies meet in Vienna this week.