December 21, the last night of fall, is also the longest night of the year. For Iranians, it is an occasion for visiting one another, eating watermelon and nuts, and reading Persian poetry.
Shab Chelleh or Shab Yalda is the name of this first night of winter, which coincides with the winter solstice since the Iranian calendar corresponds to the natural calendar. Iranians have been observing Yalda with special ceremonies since ancient times.
Every ethnic group in Iran has its own way of asking for a girl’s hand, and the girl’s family have their own way of answering the suitor’s family. Among these, the Qashqai people have a rather interesting custom. Needless to say, most tribes have turned to city life in this day and age and old traditions are on their way out.
The songs murmured by the men and women of Iran during work have mostly survived in the oral history of Iranian music. This year, the first Work Songs Festival has started in Tehran as from yesterday, with 140 musicians performing songs from various groups, such as town criers, women shepherds, sailors, etc.
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has announced that the 8-year old Iranian boy, Soheil Ahmadpour, is the winner of the World Food Day 2017 painting contest in the 5 to 8 category, with the slogan “Change the future of migration, invest in food security and rural development”.
Recently, we have been hearing about days being named as days without violence in different countries. On the calendar, 2 October is the International Day of Non-Violence. But all this naming and reminding perhaps insinuates that violence is on the rise in our world.
A little boy named Ali Zinalzadeh suffering from cancer had a wish to become a police officer one day. And now, his wish has been granted with the efforts of West Azerbaijan (Iran) Police Chief and the Urmia Child Welfare Charity.
The results of a survey conducted by Iran Standard & Quality Inspection Co (ISQI) show that an estimated 35% of the participants named the 4-wheel drive cars as their favorite in this country, while most of the cars on the road here are saloon cars.
The 2nd annual international clinical oncology congress, and the 12th national congress, wrapped up today 23 December 2017.
This 2-day congress, 22-23 December, organized by the Iranian Society of Clinical Oncology (ISCO) aims to treat and control cancer, transfer knowledge, and share scientific achievements. 230 papers were received here, of which 80 were printed as posters.
The Urmia Lake Restoration Committee in association with FAO has initiated the revival of the Lake as a joint project. The project aims to benefit from global expertise to support national efforts for the revival of Lake Urmia over a four-year period. The funding will be provided by the Japanese government.
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.
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.
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.
Pir Mohammad Mulla Zehi, expert on Pakistani affairs in Tehran, believes: “Although Imran Khan chose Riyadh as his first foreign trip, his general outlook is to act as a mediator between Iran and Pakistan. The opportunity is still there for the new Prime Minister to make this happen.”
The Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a statement announcing that issuing e-visas without labels in passports for tourists traveling to Iran has begun as from 23 September 2018 in all IR of Iran consulates and the country’s international airports.