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 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.
The Head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization announced: “Tourists are no longer required to go to Iranian embassies for visas. They can apply online and travel to Iran once their application has been reviewed.”
Paul Pillar, nonresident senior fellow with the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University, writes in the Atlantic Council that he Trump administration’s policy toward Iran aims for regime change. Possibly US President Donald Trump dreams of reaching some bold deal with the current leadership of Iran, but he has not laid out any feasible route to one. The administration’s dominant hope instead seems to be that stepped-up economic pressure will somehow lead disaffected Iranians to rise up against their rulers. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s most recent speech on Iran was essentially a call to do just that.
Ishaan Tharoor writes in the Wahington Post as we reported this week, a dispute over Turkey’s continued detention of an American clergyman has spiraled into the worst crisis between the two countries in more than four decades. President Trump has exultantly slapped tariffs on Turkish imports, an act that sent the country’s currency into a tailspin over the weekend. Now Turkey has retaliated, announcing on Wednesday that it would levy its own tariffs on a slate of U.S. products.