Nowruz celebrations have been staged by Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, India, Pakistan, Iraq, and Turkey at the UN offices in Vienna with the attendance of residing officials and representatives of international organizations, ambassadors, and diplomats.
Nowruz, one of the oldest celebrations on the Iranian Plateau, begins on the spring equinox every year (equalization of day and night). Based on the solar calendar, the moment when the spring equinox occurs is the beginning of the first day of the first month of spring called Farvardin on the Iranian calendar.
Christie’s has been auctioning works for some Iranian artists for a number of years now. This year, on its 25th anniversary in Dubai, Christie’s will be holding an auction titled "Modern and Contemporary Art in the Middle East" on 23 March 2019 in which twelve Iranian artists will be participating with eighteen works.
“Smokey Car” is the name given to a train which operated during the Qajar era between Tehran and Shahr-e Rey south of the capital. Recent restoration works by the city council in southern Tehran have now revealed the old railway tracks for the train.
The President of the National Library and Archives of Iran announced: “Following Unesco registration of “Javam’e Al-Tarikh” (Rashidi History) written by Rashid-e-Din Fazlollah-Hamedani, we are now proceeding to register Molana’s “Masnavi-ye Manavi” as a priceless work for the international community to enjoy.”
Takht-e Jamshid or Persepolis is an ancient city in Iran which served as the majestic capital city of Achaemenid Emperors for many years. A palace called Takht-e Jamshid in this historic site was built during the reigns of Darius the Great, Xerxes, and Artaxerxes I. It went on to be lived in for 200 years.
The title “You will return to Isfahan" [Tu ritornerai a Isfahan] by Mostafa Ensafi has been translated into Italian. Ponte33 Publishers has announced the launch of the book on Saturday 6 April at the Venice Literary Biennale.
The new Schiller album called “Morgenstund” which is fusion music recorded with Iranian musicians was released internationally in March this year. They have now started their tour in which Yalda Abbasi, Iranian woman musician, also plays the dotar.
A Russian affairs analyst in Iran believes: “The main addressees of Putin’s recent speech were Europe and the US. But, Russia will not take Iran’s side as tensions rise and, essentially, it is not in a position to help Iran.”