National Ferdowsi Day
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
May 15 is annually celebrated by Iranians as Fedowsi Day. Many art and cultural festivals are held across the country to commemorate the great Iranian epic poet. Ferdowsi's magnum opus the Shahnameh, or 'The Book of Kings' is considered one of the masterpieces of Persian literature, and has had considerable influence on subsequent literary works.
Abgoosht: One of the Most Traditional Foods of Iran
Friday, April 26, 2013
Abgoosht is a Persian and Mesopotamian stew. It is also called Dizi, which refers to the traditional stone crocks it is served in. Some describe it as a "hearty mutton soup thickened with chickpeas." Ābgoosht is usually made with lamb, chickpeas, white beans, onion, potatoes, and tomatoes, turmeric, and black lime.
Perfume and Perfume Manufacturing in Ancient Iran
Monday, March 25, 2013
Cultivation of sweet smelling plants and flowers, and preparing perfumes, oils, creams, ’qalieh’ (musk and ambergris) and incenses were widespread in ancient Iran. According to stone inscriptions of Achaemenian periods at Persepolis as well as Greek, Roman and Pahlavi sources, clear indications can be found about Iranians’ attention to, and interest in, various kinds of perfumes and sweet aromas.
Happy Nowruz and New Iranian Year
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Nowruz is a relic of ancient times. A memory of old tales and epics, a celebration of rebirth and rejuvenation. Spring has arrived and the previous year with all its events, good or bad, has passed. Nowruz is a strong testimony to Iranian rich civilization, national characteristics and history. For centuries, Persians have applied the Nowruz spirit to every dark challenge that has come their way. This spirit has made Nowruz far more than just a New Year celebration over the course of history.
Moghadam Museum: One of the Most Valuable Houses in the World
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The turmoil of Imam Khomeini and Hassan Abad Squares is so incredible that seldom one would notice the door of a unique museum in Sheikh Hadi Street. Moqadam Museum is located right amidst all this commotion. Yet, as soon as you put your foot into the entrance vestibule -hashti -of the house, you immediately leave the everyday mechanical life behind. The walls do not allow all this commotion to enter the private enclosure of this house now called the most valuable house of the world.
Tehran Keshavarz Boulevard
Monday, January 28, 2013
Keshavarz Boulevard (Blvd.) is the name of an east-west boulevard in District 6 of the Iranian capital, Tehran. After a visit to Iran by the British Queen Elizabeth II during the rule of the former Iranian Pahlavi regime, this street was called Elizabeth Boulevard.
Friday, January 25, 2013
Sadeh is an ancient Iranian tradition celebrated 50 days before nowrouz. Sadeh in Persian means "hundred" and refers to one hundred days and nights left to the beginning of the new year celebrated at the first day of spring on March 21 each year. Sadeh is a mid winter festival that was celebrated with grandeur and magnificence in ancient Iran. It was a festivity to honor fire and to defeat the forces of darkness, frost, and cold.
Iran: A Record-Holder in Tourism Attractions
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Iran, however, is a place for many record figures, but a lot of people know nothing about this. The following list encompasses 16 instances of “the most” remarkable records that Iran holds among all countries. It would be certainly a pleasure to read about them.
Celebrating Yalda Night
Monday, December 10, 2012
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.