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  • 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.

  • خراسان شمالی، سرزمین گنجینه‌های اقوام 2017-08-23 18:20

    North Khorasan the land of treasures of tribes

    province in the spring of 2014 into three provinces, the North Khorasan province was added to the country’s administrative divisions with Bojnourd as its capital city. Despite suffering from deprivation and drought, the locals live in harmony with nature and seek livelihood through endeavors. The province is considered among the lands of tribal treasures where its main residents are Farsi speaking population. The most popular languages of the province are Farsi, Tati, Kurmanji, Turkmen, and Khorasani Turkic. Kurmanji people constitute the majority of the province’s population. Tehran Times/ Amin Berenjkar

  •  paddy fields 2017-08-22 12:27

    Harvesting paddy fields in Gilan

    Farmers are harvesting paddy fields in the northern province of Gilan. The quality of the rice produced in Iran is unique in the world and people prefer to use the rice produce at home, though the price is very high in comparison to imported crops.

  • Bodies of fallen soldiers returned to country 2017-08-20 12:20

    Bodies of fallen soldiers returned to country

    Hundreds of Iranians participated in a procession held in Mashhad, north eastern Iran, for 19 Iranian servicemen killed during the Iraqi invasion of Iran in the 1980s. Bodies of the fallen soldiers had been recently excavated. The eight-year war left hundreds of thousands of soldiers and civilians dead and much more injured. Jame Jam/ Mohammadreza Zaernia

  •  Iran’s women’s cycling championship was held in memory of Zeinab Sasanian, who was killed in a car crash in late July. The Iranian national team cyclist, 19, was killed when her car collided with a t 2017-08-16 16:57

    Women’s cycling championship held at Azadi Stadium

    Iran’s women’s cycling championship was held in memory of Zeinab Sasanian, who was killed in a car crash in late July. The Iranian national team cyclist, 19, was killed when her car collided with a tree. The three-day championship took place in Tehran’s Azadi Stadium. JameJam/ Mehri Gholipour

  • Impressive dressage event mesmerizes spectators  2017-08-13 14:06

    Impressive dressage event mesmerizes spectators 

    TEHRAN – A dressage rider is seen galloping with his horse in a dressage event in Isfahan, August 11, 2017.

  • Dates harvest season 2017-08-11 12:50

    Dates harvest season in hot summer

    A farmer is picking dates from a palm tree plantation on the outskirts Shadegan, southwestern Iran, August 6, 2017. This year the harvest season has commenced earlier than usual due to hot summer. According to Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, and Mines, the country exported around 210,000 tons of dates valued at $208 million in the previous Iranian calendar year (March 2016-March 2017). Mehdi Pedramkhoo/ Tehran Times

  •  lunar eclipse 2017-08-09 13:34

    Partial lunar eclipse seen in Iran

    Photo shows a partial lunar eclipse which occurred Monday night. In Tehran it started at 23:52 local time and continued till 01:20 on Tuesday.

  • Rueen 2017-08-08 14:11

    Rueen, a hub of traditional textile in Iran

    A woman uses an indigenous spinning wheel to make thread from natural fiber at a small-scale workshop in Rueen, a village in northeast Iran, August 5, 2107. Situated in Esfarayen County, North Khorasan Province, Rueen is famed for its delicate handwoven and industrial wrappers, colorful garments that are widely worn by women.

  • A rider on horseback shows off his equestrianism skills during a local completion as musicians perform pieces of indigenous music in Sanandaj, Kurdistan province, on August 4, 2017. 2017-08-05 20:06

    Sanandaj hosts horseback competition

    A horseback rider shows off his equestrianism skills during a competition as musicians perform pieces of local music in Sanandaj, Kurdistan province, on August 4, 2017. Watched by hundreds of spectators, the competition was held in various sections for men and women.

  •  fallen soldiers 2017-08-05 14:17

    Bodies of fallen soldiers returned home after three decades 

    TEHRAN – Bodies of 48 Iranian soldiers recently recovered some 30 years after the end of the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988) were returned home on Wednesday from the Shalamcheh border crossing in the southwestern province of Khouzestan.

  • Boccia competition 2017-07-30 10:54

    Boccia competition held in Tehran 

    Boccia competition was held in Iran Sports Federation for the Disabled in Tehran on Saturday.  Boccia is a precision ball sport, similar to bowls, that can be played by individuals, pairs, or teams of three. The aim of the game is to throw leather balls as close as they can to a target ball or ‘jack’. Boccia athletes typically have a disability, such as cerebral palsy or other neurological conditions, and use a wheelchair.

  • National Orchestra 2017-07-29 10:32

    National Orchestra gives performance in Sari

    Fereidun Shahbazian (L) conducts the National Orchestra during a performance at the Seyyed Rasul Hosseini Arena in Sari on July 27, 2017. Singer Mohammad Esfahani (R) performs with the orchestra at the concert. (Mehr/Amir-Ali Razzaqi)

  • Tradition wheat reaping 2017-07-25 14:09

    Tradition wheat reaping in Isfahan province

    Reaping wheat in a traditional way in a village in Isfahan province, central Iran, renews memories of the not-too-distant years when farmers had to collect their crops traditionally, mostly using sickle. This picture shows reaping in the village called Soh, which is about 3000-years old. Still in the not-too distant past Iranians greatly cherished wheat or bread as the breadbasket of the families. Even today Iranians eat bread a lot, ranking among the first two countries in the world.

  • shepherd 2017-07-23 14:45

    Living with nature

    A shepherd leads his herd of sheep across the lower slopes of the Mount Sabalan in Ardabil Province, northwestern Iran, on July 20, 2017.  The greenish land is a heaven for animal breeding. It is home to tens of villages, tribes, and interesting stopovers for avid visitors as well.  The weather is pleasantly cool in summer but can turn somewhat nasty by year’s end. While snow is possible from November, white winters are becoming shorter.

  • 2017 Thailand Asian Junior Wrestling Champs 2017-07-22 14:07

    Iran ranks first in 2017 Thailand Asian Junior Wrestling Champs

    Iran Greco-Roman wrestling team finished in first place at the 2017 Asian Junior Championships in Thailand. Iranian wrestlers snatched two gold, three silver and one bronze medals in the competition. The 2017 Junior Asian Wrestling Championships opened in Thailand’s capital Bangkok on Thursday (July 20). Several teams from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, South Korea, Uzbekistan and India are competing for the second and third titles.  The competitions would wrap up Friday (July 21) evening.  (Source: IRNA)

  • Young boys in the Iranian city of Marivan wearing traditional handmade shoes, called Kalash, pose for a photo, July 18, 2017. 2017-07-19 18:17

    Marivan’s Kalash to become world heritage

    Young boys in the Iranian city of Marivan wearing traditional handmade shoes, called Kalash, pose for a photo, July 18, 2017. A delegation from UNESCO paid a visit to Marivan the same day to take final steps to register the city on the world heritage list for its Kalash. Kalash is a particular lightweight and breathable footwear made of natural cotton and leather. The mostly white colored shoes are frequently worn by youth and seniors equally. IRNA/ Seyed Mosleh Pirkhezrian