Friday, June 14, 2024

Customs and Traditions

Nowruz, a millennia-old tradition

Nowruz, which marks the beginning of Persian New Year and the arrival of the spring, has been celebrated for thousands of years.

Iranians celebrate New Year in Hafezieh in Shiraz

Iranians gathered on Wednesday in the tomb of the 14th century poet Hafez, better known as Hafezieh, in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz to celebrate the advent of Nowruz, or the Persian New Year.

Tehran residents gear up for New Year, shopping spree at Tajrish market

As the countdown to the New Year inches closer, the bustling streets of Tehran witness a flurry of activity as residents flock to the Tajrish market in north of the capital. With just a few hours left, citizens are fervently engaged in purchasing essential items and textiles to ring in the new year.

Traffic chaos grips Tehran over Scarlet Wednesday or Chaharshanbeh Suri

The streets and highways of Tehran have ground to a halt since 15:00 local time on the eve of Scarlet Wednesday, commonly known as Chaharshanbeh Suri.

Grand bazaar bustle: Tehran’s residents flock for new year, Ramadan preparations

In a vibrant display of tradition and community spirit, tens of thousands of Iranian residents flooded Tehran's Grand Bazaar ahead of the new year and during the holy month of Ramadan.

Pilgrimage ritual on mountain top in northwest Iran

Every year, as the hot season arrives, the people of Kivi village and its surrounding villages in the Varzaghan Country of East Azarbaijan Province hold a pilgrimage ritual in the first ten days of the summer on top of a mountain called Pirdaghi or the Old Mountain.

Unique Souvenirs and Handicrafts of Iran’s Qeshm Island

Qeshm is an Iranian island in the Persian Gulf with many natural, cultural and tourist attractions. The island is considered a tourist hub with great capacity to attract more domestic and foreign travellers.

Athletes join Locho wrestling completion in Iran’s Mazandaran

Athletes in Iran’s northern province of Mazandarean have joined a competition of Locho wrestling, a traditional field of Pahlavani sports practiced in the region.

Tehran’s Imamzadeh Saleh hosts people at turn-of-the-year moment

People gather at Imamzadeh Saleh, a religious site in northern Tehran, Iran, to observe the moment of the turn of the Persian calendar year, Nowruz.

Iranians usher in New Year by Tomb of Hafez in Shiraz

A large number of Iranians converged on the tomb of ancient lyric poet Hafez in his hometown Shiraz, southern Iran, to welcome the Persian New Year, better known as Nowruz.

Iranians gather en masse at Imam Reza Shrine to ring in Nowruz

Large crowds of pilgrims gather at the holy shrine of Imam Reza, the eighth Shia Imam, in the northeastern city of Mashhad to ring in the Persian New Year, or Nowruz.

Fire festival accidents kill 27, injure over 4k across Iran

An Iranian official says 27 people lost their lives in accidents prior to and during the Iranian festival of fire, an ancient tradition celebrated ahead of the Persian year, reporting a 14-percent rise in the number of injuries compared to last year.

UNESCO lists Iran’s Yalda Night as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

“Yalda Night,” also known as “Shab-e Chelleh,” observed both in Iran and Afghanistan, goes on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Iranians mourn Ashura, Imam Hussein’s martyrdom anniversary

Millions of black-clad Iranians across the country, like other Shia Muslims worldwide, marked Ashura on Monday, the martyrdom anniversary of the third Shia Imam and the Prophet’s grandson, Imam Hussein (peace be upon him).

Nowruz mood in Isfahan’s historical Naqsh-e Jahan Square

Naqsh-e Jahan Square is one of the main tourist attractions of Iran’s central city of Isfahan.

Rally of classic cars in Isfahan

A classic car rally was held on Tuesday simultaneously with Nowruz from Isfahan’s Khaju Square to Chaharbagh Abbasi, and these cars were put on display after drawing up Chaharbagh.

Iran tourism: Golestan Province in full spring bloom

These days, every corner of the northern Iranian Province of Golestan is covered with pink, blue, purple, yellow and green blooms and scents of trees are everywhere in the air.

Nowruz in Kurdistan’s Poloureh Village

Poloureh is a village in the Sarshiv area of Marivan County in the western Iranian province of Kurdistan.

Iran tourism: Chabahar’s Martian Mountains

Chabahar’s Martian or Miniature Mountains, which are called Kalani or Aria in the local dialect, are located 35 to 40 kilometers off the southeastern Iranian port city of Chabahar.

Iran’s capital celebrates start of New Year with fireworks

Firework displays have been held at several landmarks across the Iranian capital, Tehran, to celebrate the start of Nowruz or the Persian New Year.

Nowruz feast for working children

A Nowruz feast was held for working children in brick kilns near Shahr-e-Rey, southern Tehran.

New Year shoppers throng Grand Bazzar of Tehran in last-minute shopping sprees

Iranians are getting ready to ring in the Persian New Year, Nowruz. Shopping centers, in particular, are seething with people, who are bustling around stores to buy the items they need.

Iranians on shopping sprees as countdown to Persian New Year begins

With the Persian New Year, Nowruz, just around the corner, Iranians go on shopping sprees and spend much time outdoors at bazaars and markets.

Chaharshanbe Suri and spoon-banging-Hamedan

Chaharshanbe Suri is one of the most ancient and beautiful traditional festivals of Iran. This festival has been celebrated on the eve of the last Wednesday of the year since ancient times up until now. Chaharshanbe Suri is very popular among Iranians and is marked across the country.

Sadeh ancient festival in Kerman

The ancient ritual known as Sadeh festival was celebrated on the evening of Sunday, January 30, at the Iranian city of Kerman’s Zoroastrian fire temple. Due to the Covid pandemic, the ceremony was held with a limited population and with prayers and hymns by Zoroastrian priests.

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