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Rises the morning wind and the scent of Norouz For the happiness of friends and good fortune
Running in its 11th consecutive year, Christie’ March auction will be one of the largest to date showcasing the very best of modern and contemporary art from the region, in particular the concurrent themes and images that were tackled across Iran, Iraq, Lebanon and Egypt.
The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMCA) plans to organize an international festival for interdisciplinary art.
Amongst final preparations to salute the Iranian New Year, people observe Chaharshanbeh-Suri, a deeply-rooted-in-time ceremony that, according to tradition, is a bid to ward off all the misfortunes and bad omens, hoping that wishes will come true.
Astrophotographers of all skill levels are invited to submit their best images to the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2017.
Twelve films from 12 Asian and Islamic countries have reached the lineup for the Eastern Vista section at the upcoming Fajr International Film Festival (FIFF).
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Norouz, the New Year
Celebrating the commencement of the New Year is amongst the oldest and the most universally observed festivals, and has a long history in the Middle East and Mesopotamia. The Sumerians, the founders of some of the oldest city-states in ancient Mesopotamia (bain al-nahrayn 3000BC, present day southern Iraq), celebrated their new year by growing barley in the first month of their calendar in March/April and....
Some people say that it’s the 5,778th time that Iranians across the world are celebrating the ancient Persian New Year festival, Norouz. However, some history experts believe that Norouz has been enshrined and observed for more than 15,000 years, well before the official establishment of the Persian Empire.
With spring beginning in winter Warming up our icy hearts
Iranians knew that the sun has two major cycles. One is that it returns to the first minute of Aries after three hundred and sixty five days and a quarter of a day, but it cannot return on exactly the same day and time because the duration decreases continuously each year...
Not only celebration and joy is necessary for having a normal hopeful human life, but there is a meaning in attending the beginning of the year; its meaning for us is to know that a year of our life is over and another year is beginning; a year is gone and another year is coming. It is to remember the year passed and evaluate our good and evil deeds; to make plans for the coming year and to bring to mind good benevolent thoughts, accompanied with good benevolent feelings as well as joyfulness and hope...
In Iran Norouz marks the beginning of the year and symbolizes nature’s renewal and rebirth after the passing of winter. It is a time when humans escape their doldrums and renew their ways by engaging in social activities and group efforts in work outside the home in the fields. Held at the beginning of the first month of spring, Farvardin, according to the Persian Calendar, Norouz as stated by Abu-Rayhan Biruni is the day of ‘new birth’ and...