Celebrating Yalda Night
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Iranians around the world celebrate Yalda, which is one of the most ancient Persian festivals. On Yalda festival, Iranians celebrate the arrival of winter, the renewal of the sun and the victory of light over darkness. Considered the longest night of the year, Yalda eve is the night when ancient Iranians celebrated the birth of Mithra, the goddess of light.
Iran’s Largest Pedestrian Bridge
Sunday, November 9, 2014
The opening ceremony of the Iran’s largest pedestrian bridge called “Tabiat Bridge” (Nature Bridge) was held in Tehran attended by Tehran’s Mayor Mohammed-Baqer Qalibaf. The 2,000-Ton Structure for the three-level pedestrian bridge been completed in less than two years.
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Ta’zieh is a traditional Persian theatrical genre in which the drama is conveyed predominantly through music and dramatic narration. The common theme is the heroic tales of resistance against the evil, love and sacrifice. It is a play on religious rituals, which is especially performed in Iran during the holy month of Muharram concurrent with the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (AS) and 72 of his companions in Karbala.
Analysis of “The Evening of Ashura” Painting
Friday, October 31, 2014
The painting known as “The Evening of Ashura,” has been created by the world-famous Iranian painter, Mahmoud Farshchian, in 1976. The name of the artwork gives good indication of the time period that it covers: the evening of the day of Ashura (the day Imam Hossein (AS) and his disciples were martyred in Karbala by their enemies).
Cultural Importance of Vank Cathedral as Symbol of Coexistence of Religions
Monday, October 27, 2014
In the early days of October, the Armenian Prelacy of Isfahan, held a conference dubbed “Vank Cathedral, Symbol of Interaction and Coexistence of Divine Religions,” which had special speakers and guests on the list of its invitees. The prelacy had been for a long time making extensive plans to hold a celebration to mark the 350th anniversary of the construction of the Vank Cathedral.
350th Anniversary of Vank Cathedral
Thursday, October 23, 2014
A ceremony was held in Isfahan capital city on Monday (20th October, 2014) to mark the 350th anniversary of construction of the Holy Savior Cathedral also known as Vank Cathedral.
The Art of the Shahnameh
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
An integral part of Persian civilisation, which stretches back several millennia, it's only right that the Shahnameh, the epic poem by Iran's national poet Ferdowsi, should be given a place within the sphere of international culture, just as Homer's Illiad, Dante's Divine Comedy, Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet and many other of mans creative expressions from world history have.
Iran Commemorates National Day of Hafez
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Iranians commemorated the national day of Hafez Shirazi, a 14th-century Persian poet and mystic highly revered by not only Iranians, but also famous writers and scholars all across the world.
Mehregan Thanksgiving Festival: The Autumn Festival of Harvest
Friday, October 3, 2014
Mehregan is one of the two most ancient Iranian festivals known, dating back at least as far as the earliest Aryans (Iranians). The word "Mehr" (in Mehregan) in the Persian language means kindness. Mehr represents knowledge, love, light and friendship.