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  • Pomegranate festival celebration 2017-11-04 11:44

    Pomegranate festival celebration

    TEHRAN — Every year in mid-autumn farmers in Khaneqah, a village in the western province of Kermanshah, hold a festival to thank God for their pomegranate harvest.

  • ‘Cloud forest’ catches fire 2017-11-01 20:34

    ‘Cloud forest’ catches fire

    TEHRAN — Jangal-e Abr (cloud forest) located in the northeastern city of Shahroud, Semnan province, caught fire on Tuesday morning.

  • مسابقه دوچرخه سواری کوهستان البرز 2017-10-29 10:48

    Iran’s MTB competition held in Alborz Province

    Iran’s mountain bike racing was held in Alborz Province, west of Tehran on Friday. There were two categories cross-country and downhill in the competition. Mountain bike racing (shortened MTB or ATB racing) is the competitive cycle sport discipline of mountain biking held on off-road terrain. Tehran Times/ Aref Fathi

  • A poster for the 23rd Press Exhibition 2017-10-27 18:18

    Press Exhibition highlights link between “consciousness”, “development”

    TEHRAN – The 23rd Press Exhibition opened in Tehran on Friday, bringing the close connection between social consciousness and development into focus as the organizers selected the motto “A More Conscious Society: More Development, Fewer Words” for this year’s edition of the Iran’s major media showcase.

  • Barberry harvesting season begins 2017-10-27 18:11

    Barberry harvesting season begins

    TEHRAN — Farmers in the eastern province of South Khorasan have started harvesting barberry.

  • carpet 2017-10-25 09:10

    Exquisite art of carpet weaving in Kashan

    A woman in the central Iranian city of Kashan weaves a handmade carpet. Kashan carpets are well-known for their longevity, lavish textures, strong colors, and elaborate designs. The traditional skills of carpet weaving in Kashan was registered on UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2010. Iran exported 5,700 tons of handmade carpets worth $359 million in the previous Iranian calendar year (March 2016-March 2017).

  •  henna rubbing 2017-10-20 12:21

    Mazari, a profession dating to 700 years 

    Mazari, or henna rubbing, is an old profession peculiar to Yazd Province. Its history goes to 700 years back. The industry has its origin to trades between businesspersons from Yazd province with those from India, Pakistan and Arab states in the Persian Gulf region. Today the industry only exists in Yazd province due to its climatic situation.  The profession attracts the attention of local and foreign tourists in Yazd, the capital of the province with the same name.

  • Shrimp fishing season begins in Hormozgan 2017-10-18 18:25

    Shrimp fishing season begins in Hormozgan

    TEHRAN — Shrimp fishing season has started in the southern province of Hormozgan.

  • Photo depicts Iranian fishermen pulling a massive net near the northern city of Rasht on the southern Caspian Sea coast, October 15, 2017. 2017-10-16 20:24

    Fishing season commences in Caspian Sea

    Fishermen are pulling a massive net on the southern coast of the Caspian Sea, northern Iran, October 15, 2017. The fishing season starts routinely on October 12 and lasts for about six months. Roughly four thousand people in two coastal provinces of Gilan and Mazandaran get engaged in fishing during the season. PHOTO: Mojtaba Mohammadi/ IRNA

  • Land art adorns Hormoz beach 2017-10-14 14:40

    Land art adorns Hormoz beach

    This file photo from a collection published by IRNA on October 11, 2017 shows people viewing a land artwork created with local minerals on the beach of the southern Iranian island of Hormoz in the Persian Gulf. Veteran land artist Ahmad Nadalian established the Persian Gulf Land Artists House on the island in 2010 to teach the locals how to conserve their environment, which was being threatened by misuse of the colorful minerals of Hormoz. Photo: Mahin Bigham

  • Zarif and Jafari smile 2017-10-10 21:04

    Zarif and Jafari smile

    FM Zarif and IRGC Commander Jafari smiling during a meeting in Tehran on Monday marking the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. After the meeting, the IRGC chief said Iran’s diplomatic approach and defense policies are in harmony though the tone for expression of positions is different. Zarif also said the IRGC is a source of national honor and guarantor of defending the country against threats. Photo: Hossein Zohrevand /Tasnim

  • nomadic life 2017-10-08 13:00

    Rustic charm of nomadic life

    A nomad boy caresses a lamb in a countryside in western Hamedan Province in an undated photo. Hamedan highlands hosts nomads during spring and summer. Iran annually holds a conference to celebrate the National Day of Village and Nomads on October 7. The motto for this year’s event was “Elite Villagers, Unfulfilled Potential for Sustainable Rural Development”.

  • مراسم استقبال و تشییع پیکر ۱۱۹ شهید تازه تفحص شده هشت سال دفاع مقدس در اهواز 2017-10-07 18:16

    Iranians say farewell to fallen fighters

    A mass funeral was held in Ahvaz on Thursday for 119 Iranian martyrs whose remains were recently unearthed. Senior officials and commanders attended the funeral of the fallen soldiers, who had been killed while defending their country during the imposed war of Iraq against Iran in the 1980s. The remains of the martyrs had been repatriated from Iraq via a southwestern border crossing on Thursday. Tehran Times/ Mehdi Pedramkhoo

  • Iranian girls at basketball training pitch 2017-10-05 15:17

    Iranian girls at basketball training pitch

    Iranian girls are practicing at the training pitch in Tehran’s Golah Hall as the team prepare for the 2017 FIBA Asia Under-16 Championship for Women. The competition will be held in Bengaluru, India from October 22 to 28. A total of six teams are waiting to know their opponents in the competition’s Division B. In a milestone for professional basketball, the long-standing ban on player headgear, including the hijab, turbans and yarmulkes, has been officially lifted. The change was approved in May by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and came into effect on Sunday. Photo: Marziyeh Soleymani

  • tazieh 2017-09-27 12:27

    Thespians perform tazieh in Tehran

    Thespians from a troupe led by veteran actor of stage and screen Siavash Tahmures perform a tazieh (Iranian passion play) about the tragedy of Ashura in the courtyard of the Revayate Fath Cultural Foundation in Tehran on September 25, 2017.  The troupe will perform the tazieh titled “Rakat by Rakat of Love” at the foundation located on the southern end of Qarani Street until October 1.  In the year 680 CE on Ashura, the tenth day of the lunar month of Muharram, Imam Hussein (AS) and a number of his loyal companions were martyred in battle against the oppressive Umayyad dynasty. (Tehran Times /Mehran Riazi)

  • Iranians rally against Trump 2017-09-23 10:51

    Iranians rally against Trump’s hate speech

    TEHRAN – On Friday, Iranian people in over 1,000 cities staged protest rallies to condemn the recent anti-Iran remarks by U.S. President Donald Trump at the United Nations.

  • جشن بزرگداشت بازگشت صلیب مقدس 2017-09-19 20:08

    Christians in Tehran celebrate the rite of Exaltation of Holy Cross

    A multitude of Armenians celebrated on Sunday, September 17, the rite of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross held in Tehran’s Holy Cross Chapel, at the Ararat Sports Complex. In the Christian liturgical calendar, there are several different rituals of the cross, all of which commemorate the cross used in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Tehran Times/ Jenya Abadian

  • Iran’s humanitarian aid reaches Rohingya 2017-09-18 14:26

    Iran’s humanitarian aid reaches Rohingya

    The first humanitarian shipment of the Relief and Rescue Organization of the Iranian Red Crescent Society was distributed among the displaced Rohingya Muslims at refugee camps in Bangladesh under the supervision of the Bangladeshi government. The forty-ton relief aid on Saturday reached Bangladesh, where tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims are stranded after fleeing what has been called “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing” by the UN. IRNA/ Ahmad Jalalian

  • Iranian Muslims preparing for mourning season of Muharram 2017-09-17 10:39

    Iranian Muslims preparing for mourning season of Muharram

    A man makes a banner with Islamic patterns at his shop in Tehran on September 16, 2017 in preparation for the mourning season of Muharram, which will start this year on September 22.

  • نخستین روز پنجمین دوره رالی بین المللی خاورمیانه رالی مرک 2017-09-16 14:09

    Middle East Rally Championship held in Fars Province

    The fifth edition of the Middle East Rally Championship (MERC) was held in Fars Province, southern Iran. The two-day rally started on Thursday, brought 34 drivers from Iran, Qatar, Czech Republic and Oman together in Fars Province. The Middle East Rally Championship (MERC) is a motor rally championship run under the auspices of the FIA. First held in 1984 the championship encompasses a series of rallies held across Western Asia. Tehran Times/ Amin Berenjkar

  • مراسم افتتاحیه چهل و نهمین دوره بازی های المپیک ارامنه ایران 2017-09-15 19:04

    Armenian Olympics kicks off in Tehran

    The 49th edition of the Armenian Olympics was inaugurated in Tehran on Tuesday night. The opening ceremony was held in Tehran’s Ararat Sports Complex, and was attended by Sports Minister Massoud Soltanifar, the governor-general of Tehran province, and senior Armenian clergymen. The event brings together 750 Armenian athletes from across the country and they will be competing in 9 different categories. Tehran Times/ Mohammad Khodabakhsh

  • A woman gets shots of some Qajar-era governmental and royal rubbers stamps that have been put on show at the National Museum of Iran in downtown Tehran on September 12, 2017. 2017-09-13 09:36

    Royal stamps in limelight at National Museum of Iran

    A collection of governmental and royal rubber stamps, dating back to Qajar dynasty (1785-1925), are on show at the National Museum of Iran in downtown Tehran.

  • Wedding ceremony or symphony of colors 2017-09-12 09:03

    Symphony of colors in wedding ceremony

    Symphony of colors have always been a key characteristic of Bakhtiari nomads in southwest Iran. The picture shows a Bakhtiari girl holding up a copy of the Holy Quran and a box of traditional sweets for good omen during a wedding ceremony on September 8, 2017. She is encircled with ethnic fellows clad in vivid colorful garments who are adding charm to the ceremony with a traditional performance.

  • 12th Marivan International Street Theater Festival 2017-09-11 10:40

    Marivan Intl. Street Theater Festival opens

    An Iranian troupe performs during the 12th Marivan International Street Theater Festival on September 10, 2017. The festival will run in the northwestern Iranian city of Marivan until September 12. (Tehran Times /Mobin Peymankar)

  • Rohingya 2017-09-09 12:30

    Deadly exodus: 150,000 Rohingya flee Myanmar in two weeks

    Aid agencies warn of a growing humanitarian crisis as persecution of the Muslim ethnic minority pushes around 15,000 people into Bangladesh each day, with border relief camps already at capacity. The United Nations secretary-general, António Guterres, has appealed to Myanmar to end the violence.

  • Bouthaina 2017-09-04 11:46

    Bouthaina portrayed in her generation’s imagination

    TEHRAN – Ilia and Arya, a twin six-year old boys, made this drawing after they heard about the sufferings of Bouthaina al-Rimi.

  • al-Aqsa mosque 2017-09-02 10:07

    Muslims offer Eid al-Adha prayers

    Muslims around the world celebrated the Eid al-Adha holiday on Friday, one of the holiest celebrations of the Islamic calendar. Palestinians flocked to al-Aqsa mosque for prayers. Muslims mark the holiday by slaughtering animals such as sheep and goats. The meat is shared among family and friends and also donated to the poor.

  • Darreh Khazineh 2017-08-28 09:37

    Darreh Khazineh a tourist hub in western Iran

    People cross an elevated suspension bridge that spans Darreh Khazineh, a steep canyon in western Iranian Lorestan province, August 26, 2017.

  • بیست و هشتمین نمایشگاه صنایع ملی دستی 2017-08-27 17:38

    Tehran hosting national crafts expo

    The 28th National Crafts Exhibition was inaugurated at the Tehran Permanent International Fairground on Thursday. The weeklong event will touch upon woodwork, illuminated manuscript, miniature, textile printing, enamel, leatherwork, handwoven products, calligraphy, traditional musical instruments, metalwork, and marquetry, amongst a lavish patchwork of other works. Over the past couple of years, dozens of high-quality Iranian handicrafts have been honored with the UNESCO Seal of Excellence. Tehran Times/ Asghar khamseh

  •  Handmade Carpet 2017-08-25 12:45

    Iran Handmade Carpet Exhibition opens

    TEHRAN_ The 26th Iran Handmade Carpet Exhibition opened its doors to the public at the Tehran Permanent International Fairgrounds on Wednesday.