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Mourning rituals in Ardabil (photos)

Mourning rituals in Ardabil (photos)

One of the oldest rituals for the Moharram month of mourning in Ardabil, northwestern Iran, which takes place in the final days of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah on the Arabic calendar is called ‘Tashtgozari’ or lining up the basins.

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Littoral nations sign landmark Caspian deal

Littoral nations sign landmark Caspian deal

The Guardian writes that Vladimir Putin met the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, on Sunday at the close of a dramatic week in which each had been threatened with punishing economic sanctions by the US.

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Kufteh – The popular Tabrizi rissole

Kufteh – The popular Tabrizi rissole

The ladies of Tabriz, in Iran’s northwestern Azerbaijan Province, are well-known for their delicious cooking and hospitality. Of the long list of Tabrizi dishes, the various herb and legume potages and kufteh are the most popular ones across Iran.  

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The echo of the National Orchestra in Ganja

The echo of the National Orchestra in Ganja

The 40-strong National Iranian Orchestra performance at the Philharmonia Hall in the Republic of Azerbaijan, simultaneously with the Iran Cultural Week, conducted by Fereidoun Shahbazian with the vocals of Salar Aghili, has met with the standing ovation of the cities music lovers.  

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11% more Azeris travel to Iran

11% more Azeris travel to Iran

Statistics show that 11.6 percent more Azeris traveled to Iran in the first four months of this year as compared to a similar period last year. The Republic of Azerbaijan has seen a 1.1 percent increase in the travels of its citizens abroad as compare to last year to reach 289 thousand people.  

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Inauguration of Tabriz 2018

Inauguration of Tabriz 2018

The city of Tabriz in Azerbaijan Province, northwestern Iran, has been selected as the Tourism Capital of Islamic Countries 2018. The opening ceremonies for the year-long event will take place on Wednesday 25 April by President Rouhani.  

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Iran resumes gas swap with Turkmenistan

Iran resumes gas swap with Turkmenistan

The gas swap deal with Turkmenistan through Iran resumed on 28 April 2018 following negotiations between the two countries’ leaders. As reported by Persia Digest, the swap through Iran came to a halt in January due to the low quality of gas exported by Turkmenistan. Following negotiations, the order was issued on 27 April to resume this on 28 April.  

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“Takamchi” messengers of Nowruz and joy

“Takamchi” messengers of Nowruz and joy

It has been customary since ancient times for messengers and town criers to herald in Nowruz and spring with particular traditions. Customary groups of messengers in countries that celebrate Nowruz, especially in Iran, go by names such as “Atash Aruzan”, “Haji Firuz”, “Bi Nowruzak”, “Naneh Nowruz”, “Mama Nowruz”, “Pir Baba”, “Naneh Maryam”, “Kuseh Beranshahan”, “Amu Nowruz”, “Sayachi”, and “Takahmchi”.  

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