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Life among 3000-year old spirits

Life among 3000-year old spirits

The Iron Age Museum site in Tabriz, Azerbaijan Province in northwestern Iran, was used as a cemetery for 400 years. Presently, it is a main museum in the city, housing artifacts and skeletons discovered in the cemetery dating back to the Iron Age, 3200 years ago.  

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Shakespearean Twelfth Night endures on Tehran stage

Shakespearean Twelfth Night endures on Tehran stage

Shakespeare’s plays have always had a great readership in Iran, especially among those directors who stage these during their working life. Shakespeare’s tragedies have been played in Iran on numerous occasions. Although his comedies have not been in the public eye as much, yet they too have many followers. “Twelfth Night” is one of these lesser seen plays on the Iranian stage these days. This lasting piece of work has been playing in Molavi Playhouse in Tehran by a young crew, directed by Mohsen Sadeghi-Esfahani.  

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“Sizdah be dar” – A 4000-year old celebration

“Sizdah be dar” – A 4000-year old celebration

“Sizdah be dar” is part of the Nowruz celebrations in Iran which takes place on the 13th day of Farvardin. It dates back to at least 4000 years ago. Following the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran, this day was named as “Nature Day” in the official calendar of the country and is a national holiday.  

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Italians and Spaniards come to the aid of Persepolis

Italians and Spaniards come to the aid of Persepolis

Massoud Rezaei-Monfared, Director of the Persepolis World Heritage Center said the growth of lichen in Persepolis is getting out of hand, and added: “We are unable to solve the problem in one go. We have had lichen in Persepolis ever since it became uninhabited (from 2000 years ago).

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“Sadeh” celebrations in Kerman

“Sadeh” celebrations in Kerman

The ancient “Sadeh” ceremony was celebrated in Kerman Tuesday evening by a group of Zoroastrians and their compatriots in “Baghcheh Badaghi”. The ceremonies began with prayers by the Magi of magis and a message by the Zoroastrian MP was read for the occasion.  

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Sadeh - an ancient festival of light

Sadeh - an ancient festival of light

Today, January 30th, is the Sadeh festival in the Iranian calendar. It is one of the greatest and most ancient Persian festivals in honor of Ahura Mazda and safeguarding of fire, the first offspring of the earth and one of four pure elements.

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Sale of Achaemenid rock relief stopped in NY

Sale of Achaemenid rock relief stopped in NY

The Director General of the Legal Dept at the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization of Iran said: “The auction of an Achaemenid rock relief which had been taken without permission from Persepolis before the 1979 Revolution was stopped in New York yesterday.”  

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‘Ancient tambour sounds’

‘Ancient tambour sounds’

‘Ancient tambour sounds’ is a festival of traditional Iranian music taking place on 11-12 September 2017 in Kermanshah. Renowned musicians attending the event can be named as Keyhan Kalhor, Shahram Nazeri, and Ali-Akar Moradi.  

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