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A town for storks in Iran (photos)
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A town for storks in Iran (photos)

The people of Darreh Tafi, a village near Zarivar lake (Kurdish Zaribar) in Marivan, Kurdistan Province, have been looking after the storks in western Iran for years. They have repaired their nests to encourage their migration to the lake. The inhabitants of the four villages around Zarivar lake think of the birds as bearers of blessings and have turned the region into a safe haven for them to bare their chicks.  

Night of Decree v (photos)
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Night of Decree v (photos)

Every year, on the 19th, 20th, and 23rd of Ramadan, Muslims throughout Iran go to mosques, holy places, mausoleums, other religious venues, and public places to pray. The Night of Decree is an important one for Muslims as, according to verses and narrations, the Quran was sent at this time, dedicated to human affairs. This night is said to be as valuable as a thousand months.  

Breeders of Turkmen Horses  (photos)
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Breeders of Turkmen Horses (photos)

Iranian Turkmens live in north and northeaster Iran. Most Turkmen have been fond of horses and horse breeding throughout history and are known with their horses. Their poets have also composed many a verse on the subject. Horses bred in Turkmen Sahra are one of the most original pure bred in the world. Their traits include stretched, elegant bodies, delicate but strong limbs, flat or prominent profiles, slim chests, low backs, and long necks.