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Zoroastrians in Iran Mark Mehregan Thanksgiving Festival

Mehregan or Mehr Festival is one of the most glorious Iranian festivals annually held from October 8 to 14. Mehregan is the biggest Iranian festival after the Persian New Year or Nowruz.

Iran FM Wishes Happy New Year for Jews

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has congratulated Jewish people across the world, particularly those living in Iran, on the occasion of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

Christians Blast US’ Meddlesome Claims about Religious Freedom in Iran

Iran’s Assyro-Chaldean churches have censured US officials’ “interventionist” claims about the situation of religious minorities in the Islamic Republic, calling on Washington to be concerned about its own poor human rights record at home and abroad instead of shedding “crocodile tears” for others.

Iran Slams Final Statement of US’ Religious Freedom Summit

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi has condemned an anti-Iran statement released by foreign ministers participating in the US’ Religious Freedom Summit.

Zoroastrian Cleric Rejects Pompeo’s Claims about Minorities in Iran

A top Zoroastrian cleric in Iran’s Isfahan province has dismissed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s claims that religious minorities in Iran do not have freedom, saying that such statements are futile and groundless.

Sunni Leaders of Iran’s Kurdistan Condemn Marivan Terrorist Attack

Top Sunni clerics of Iran’s Kurdistan province have strongly condemned the PJAK terrorists’ recent attack on a border checkpoint in Marivan which led to the deaths of 11 IRGC members.

Iran Reaffirms Religious Minorities Free to Be Elected to Local Councils

Iranian authorities have ruled that members of religious minorities living in the country can be elected as members of city and village councils, reaffirming an existing law that had been rejected by the Guardian Council.

Sky Burial; Ancient Tradition of Iran’s Zoroastrians

Ancient Zoroastrians believed the dead body should be put in particular structures to be feasted upon by birds of prey, because the burial or burning of the corpses would cause water and soil to become dirty, which is forbidden in the ancient religion.

“Iran Ideal Place for Coexistence of Monotheistic Religions”

Bishop Krikor Chiftjian, the Prelate of the Diocese of Iran’s East and West Azarbaijan provinces, has referred to Iran as a great model for peaceful coexistence among monotheistic religions in the world.

Iran Preparing for Armenians’ Largest Annual Gathering

Intense preparations are underway by related Iranian organizations for holding the 64th annual religious ceremony of Armenians in Qara Kelisa or St. Thaddeus Complex in Chaldoran, northwest of Iran.

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