Negar Qods-Kani, Iranian citizen resident in Australia, was illegally arrested 195 days ago on false charges brought by America. These have been the hardest 195 days of her life. She was pregnant when arrested and has now given birth to her first child in captivity.
The number of expensive cars in Tehran is not few. A lime gold Porsche 911 was recently seen on the streets of Tehran. Later, a picture of the latest Lamborghini (Gallardo Spyder) was published riding on the streets of Tehran. But recently, a picture of a Golden Lexus is shared among social networking users in Iran. The car is a prize in one of Tehran's passages.
This year, Dar Alfonun university celebrates the 166th anniversary of its establishment; 166 long years of memories and keepsake photos for its students. An exhibition of these has been organized at the Book and Documentaries Museum of Iran to commemorate these 166 years for one month.
Iran’s top diplomat, Javad Zarif, has sent greetings for Christmas and the New Year in a tweet.
Zarif has tweeted a verse from the Quran, saying: “The angels said, Mary, God gives you glad tidings of a Word from Him whose name is Christ, Jesus, son of Mary; highly honored in this world and the next.” Quran 3:45
Christmas is around the corner and Christians in Iran are getting ready to celebrate the New Year like everywhere else. A Christian lady in Tehran says happily: “For us, Christmas, Easter, Yalda winter solstice, or the Iranian Nowruz New Year are no different from one another, because they are all causes for celebration.”
A wave of earthquakes has been hitting Iran since mid-November along the Zagros fault, extending from the west of Iran to the south. It was deadly in Sarpol-e Zahab in Kermanshah in November, and it has now reached Tehran last night, when an earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale, with its epicenter in Malard, shook Tehran, Karaj, and the surrounding cities.
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 managing director of Chabahar Free Trade Zone said in order to reduce travel costs to this southeastern Iranian port, agreements have been made in principle for establishing a private airline for Chabahar FTZ.
Iran’s Supreme Leader has said: “Despite the irrelevant analyses of certain misled supporters of the West, the Islamic Republic is still strong and owes its strength to the spirituality, wisdom and endeavors of its devout youth and those of the families of the wartime martyrs.