Trans-Iranian Railway inscribed on World Heritage list

Trans-Iranian Railway that reaches a length of 1400 km has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Trans-Iranian Railway connects the Caspian Sea in the northeast with the Persian Gulf in the southwest crossing two mountain ranges as well as rivers, highlands, forests and plains, and four different climatic areas. Started in 1927 and completed in 1938, the 1,394-kilometre-long railway was designed and executed in a successful collaboration between the Iranian government and 43 construction contractors from many countries. The railway is notable for its scale and the engineering works it required to overcome steep routes and other difficulties. Its construction involved extensive mountain cutting in some areas, while the rugged terrain in others dictated the construction of 174 large bridges, 186 small bridges and 224 tunnels, including 11 spiral tunnels. Unlike most early railway projects, construction of the Trans-Iranian Railway was funded by national taxes to avoid foreign  ... “Trans-Iranian Railway inscribed on World Heritage list”

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Iran gets ready for international tourists again

The Iranian government has confirmed that visitors from almost anywhere are now welcome in Iran again on July 6, 2021. “We are in talks with the Ministry of Health to draw up a protocol concerning foreign arrivals to the entry points.” ISNA quoted Wali Teymouri, Deputy Minister for Tourism – as saying on June 9, 2021. The authorities have confirmed, as the country hopes to welcome tourists back this summer and regain some of the ground lost to the pandemic. The Islamic Republic expects to reap a bonanza from its numerous tourist spots such as bazaars, museums, mosques, bridges, bathhouses, madrasas, mausoleums, churches, towers, and mansions, of which 24 being inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Under the 2025 Tourism Vision Plan, it aims to increase the number of tourist arrivals from 4.8 million in 2014 to 20 million in 2025. The post Iran gets ready for international tourists  ... “Iran gets ready for international tourists again”

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Bandar Abbas Fish Market in Southern Iran

Bandar Abbas or Bandar-e ‘Abbās is a port city and capital of Hormozgān Province on the southern coast of Iran, on the Persian Gulf. The city occupies a strategic position on the narrow Strait of Hormuz, and it is the location of the main base of the Iranian Navy. The fish market Indeed, is one of the best places to visit in Bandar Abbas. This daily market is held in a very large space. The lively activities of the fishmongers, fish and shrimp cleaners with all kinds of fishes in the baskets or on the mats to sell, is because of the diversity Abundance of fishes in the Persian gulf sea.                                                   The post Bandar Abbas Fish Market in Southern Iran appeared first on SURFIRAN.  ... “Bandar Abbas Fish Market in Southern Iran”

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Iranian Preparing To Celebrate Nowruz: The Persian New Year

Iranian Preparing To Celebrate Nowruz: The first day of Iranian New Year (Nowruz ) is on March 21 – Nowruz is all about saying goodbye to Winter and hello to Spring! THE PERSIAN NEW YEAR Nowruz is the Iranian New Year, also known as the Persian New Year, which is celebrated worldwide by various ethno-linguistic groups. Nowruz is a rite dating back to at least the 6th century BCE, marking the new year and ushering in spring. Variously known as Novruz, Nowrouz, Nooruz, Navruz, Nauroz or Nevruz, this historic rite is observed on 21 March in many countries along the Silk Roads, including Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, India, Iran, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Nowruz is celebrated by peoples of many different religions and cultures across this vast region. Some of the festival’s earliest origins lie in Zoroastrianism, marking one of the holiest days in the ancient Zoroastrian  ... “Iranian Preparing To Celebrate Nowruz: The Persian New Year”

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Nowruz Rituals in the Iranian-Kurdish village of Palangan

Nowruz Rituals in the Iranian-Kurdish village of Palangan Palangan: A Village Carved in the Heart of the Mountains Palangan: A Village Carved in the Heart of the Mountains Palangan: A Village Carved in the Heart of the Mountains Palangan: A Village Carved in the Heart of the Mountains PreviousNext 1234 Nowruz Rituals in the Iranian-Kurdish village of Palangan Nowruz Celebration in the historical Village of Palangan, Kurdistan Province, Iran. Kurdish People in traditional Costumes during the Nowruz Ceremony in the Kurdistan. Before the Islamization of the Iranic peoples in Asia, the Zoroastrian religion was believed in by the ancestors of the modern Kurds. In Zoroastrian doctrine, fire is a symbol of sight, goodness and purification. Angra Mainyu, the demonic anti-thesis of Zoroastrianism, was defied by Zoroastrians through creating a big fire every year, to symbolize their defiance and hatred for evil and the arch-demon. In Iran Palangan village whitch It  ... “Nowruz Rituals in the Iranian-Kurdish village of Palangan”

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What is Nowruz? Explained for non-Persians

Nowruz is the Iranian New Year which corresponds to the spring equinox, the first day of spring in the solar calculation of the number of days in a year. The Persian language word translates as “new day.” A number of ancient kingdoms and cultures of the Mesopotamian region celebrated some form of spring rites as a passage of renewal, and the beginning of Nowruz celebrations is undoubtedly connected. Nowruz rituals in the Iranian-Kurdish village of Palangan – Photo by Seyyed Moseleh Pir Khazraian, IRNA However, though ancient in origin, the modern celebration of Nowruz has unique characteristics that have been molded in the Iranian experience. Most significantly, the beliefs of Zoroastrianism have influenced Nowruz. The renewal of natural life blended symbolically with the struggle between the dual Gods of Lightness and Darkness. Nowruz marked a turning point, the triumph of hope over despair, as the forces of darkness (winter) began  ... “What is Nowruz? Explained for non-Persians”

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Haji Firuz in Iran – Iranian Preparing for Nowruz

PreviousNext 123 Haji Firuz in Iran – Iranian Preparing for Nowruz Haji Firuz or Papa Nowruz, is a fictional figure in Iranian folklore Amu Nowruz in Iran – Iranian Preparing for Nowruz Haji Firuz is a fictional figure in Iranian folklore. According to the folklore, he appears annually at the beginning of spring, together with his companion Amu Nowruz, to mark the beginning of Nowruz, the Iranian New Year. Haji Firuz’s face is covered in soot, and he is clad in bright red clothes and a felt hat. He dances through the streets while singing and playing a tambourine. READY FOR YOUR OWN CITY-TOUR IN TEHRAN? EXPLORE ALL THE POSSIBILITIES AVAILABLE IN OUR LIST The post Haji Firuz in Iran – Iranian Preparing for Nowruz appeared first on SURFIRAN.  ... “Haji Firuz in Iran – Iranian Preparing for Nowruz”

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Do they Iranian People Celebrate Christmas?

10 Things to Know Before You Visit Iran 10 things to know before you travel to Iran to ensure a perfect stay. Traveling to Iran & Things to Know There’s so much to see that even if you spend a month traveling around the country, you won’t see everything that the country has to offer. Because Iran has it all. If you plan to travel to Iran, here are my best tips. Iran is officially a Muslim country and most people practice Islam as their main religion. However, it is worth to note that Christmassy vibes are felt in Iran as well, not only thanks to the globalization, but also because of Christian people who live in this country, whose history goes back to the early years of the faith, pre-dating Islam. Nowadays, most of the Christian people in Iran are originally Armenians, who are considered to be amongst the  ... “Do they Iranian People Celebrate Christmas?”

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Iran’s New National Brand: Majestic Iran

Iran’s New National Brand: Majestic Iran UNWTO registers Iran national brand for tourism Iran’s New National Brand: Majestic Iran The United Nations World Tourism Organization has recently registered “Majestic Iran: a Different Experience” as the national brand for the Islamic Republic of Iran. Iran has announced its new national brand ‘Majestic Iran: A Different Experience’ as the official slogan for Iran’s tourism industry. The main challenge with branding Iran as a tourism destination was to define Iran National Tourism Brand Identity and make a unity among various tourism potentials. Iran’s New National Brand: Majestic Iran The Simurgh (also spelled simorgh, simorg, simurg, simoorg or simorq) was eventually selected as the visual identity of the National Tourism Brand. he figure can be found in all periods of Iranian art and literature.  It is sometimes equated with other mythological birds such as a “phoenix”. By conducting the data collection on public opinion  ... “Iran’s New National Brand: Majestic Iran”

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How is Hanukkah Celebrated in Iran?

How is Hanukkah Celebrated in Iran? The festival of Hanukkah being celebrated in Iran HANUKKAH CELEBRATION IN IRAN Hanukkah is celebrated by Iranian Jewish community in December of each year, just like everywhere else in the world. This important holiday marks the commemoration of Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire in 2700 years ago. Each night of the celebration one candle is lit on the Menorah until the 8th night. This event is to remember the miracle of a burning lamp at the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, which had enough oil for only one night, but the lamp miraculously burned for eight nights, and gave enough time to make necessary oil for the rest of the days. Jews of Iran Currently there are about 8000 Jewish persons living in Iran that the majority live in Tehran. Other cities that inhabit Jewish people are Shiraz, Isfahan and Yazd. There are synagogues  ... “How is Hanukkah Celebrated in Iran?”

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