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  •  هفتمین جشنواره گل محمدی در روستای عنصرود اسکو 2017-07-07 20:40

    East Azarbaijan promotes rose cultivation capacity

    Rose festival in Onsorud-Osku, East Azarbaijan province, a venue to promote the area’s potential for cultivating a special, quality horticultural product. Tehran Times/ Vahid Abdi

  • West Asian Chess Championship underway in Tehran 2017-07-05 16:04

    West Asian Chess Championship underway in Tehran

    The fourth round of the West Asian Chess Championship is being held In Tehran. The competition has brought 30 men and 20 women chess players together in Iran Chess Federation. The champion of each section will advance to the World Chess Championship. The tournament has started on June 30th and will finish on July 8th. IRNA/ Ehsan Naderipour

  • Slalom 2017-07-04 11:37

    Slalom competition held in Karaj River 

    Iran’s slalom competition was held in Karaj River in Alborz Province west of Tehran. Slalom, ski race that follows a winding course between gates (pairs of poles topped with flags), devised by British sportsman Arnold Lunn (later Sir Arnold Lunn) in the early 1920s.

  • National Orchestra performs in Isfahan 2017-07-02 18:43

    National Orchestra performs in Isfahan

    Fereidun Shahbazian (R) conducts the National Orchestra during an open-air concert in the courtyard of Isfahan’s Chehel Sotun Palace on July 1, 2017. Singer Ali-Asghar Shahzeidi (C) also accompanies the orchestra that performed works by Ali Tajvidi and Hossein Dehlavi. The performance was repeated on Sunday night. (Mehr/Abbas Pustinduz)

  • A farmer ties a pile of forage he has just harvested from the greenish lower slopes of Mount Sabalan in the extreme northwest Iran. 2017-07-02 09:43

    Harvest season starts on Sabalan slopes

    A farmer ties a pile of forage he has just harvested from the greenish lower slopes of Mount Sabalan in the extreme northwest Iran.

  •  Reza Shahlaei 2017-06-30 20:36

    Iran’s Reza Shahlaei summits Nanga Parbat

    Iranian mountaineer Reza Shahlaei has reached the peak of Nanga Parbat. Nanga Parbat is the ninth highest mountain in the world at 8,126 meters above sea level. It is the western anchor of the Himalayas around which the Indus River skirts into the plains of Pakistan. Nanga Parbat is located in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan and is locally known as Diamir or Deo Mir (deo meaning “huge” and mir meaning “mountain”). Photo: IRNA

  • Colorful houses are seen in a steep slope of Filband, a mountainous village adjacent to Babol in northern Iran, Mazandaran province, on June 23, 2017. 2017-06-25 13:19

    Filband, a village atop the clouds!

    Colorful houses are seen in a steep slope of Filband, a mountainous village adjacent to Babol in northern Iran, Mazandaran province, on June 23, 2017.

  • Yoga Day 2017-06-23 14:59

    Intl. Yoga Day celebrated 

    The United Nations General Assembly declared International Yoga Day official on December 11, 2014.  International Yoga Day is celebrated annually on June 21. So far, more than 100 countries worldwide have shown their support for this day.

  • Mostafa Chamran 2017-06-21 17:21

    36th martyrdom anniversary of professor-commander Chamran

    June 20 marked the 36th martyrdom anniversary of professor-commander Mostafa Chamran, the first Iranian defense minister after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Born in 1932, Chamran was a member of parliament, as well as the commander of paramilitary volunteers during the Iraq–Iran War (1980-1988 ). Chamran left his academic career as a scientist and professor at the University of California, Berkeley in order to help Islamic movements in Palestine, Lebanon and Egypt. He was also instrumental in the struggles leading to the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran. Chamran died on June 20 1981 after being hit by shrapnel shells in Dehlavieh, a region in Iran’s southern Khuzestan Province during the 1980-1988 Iraqi imposed war on Iran.

  • Picture depicts the ruins of Vakili Mansion in Neyshabour, northeast Iran, June 19, 2017. 2017-06-20 22:00

    Historic Vakili Mansion needs refurbishment

    Picture depicts the historic Vakili Mansion in Neyshabour, northeast Iran, June 19, 2017.

  • Zoroastrians 2017-06-18 11:33

    Zoroastrians gather at Pir-e-Sabz shrine 

    The Zoroastrian community annually gathers at Pir-e-Sabz, a Zoroastrian temple situated in Yazd, central Iran, to practice specific rituals and traditions. 

  • Chinese warships 2017-06-17 16:17

    Chinese warships join Iranian fleet in Persian Gulf

    On Thursday Chinese warships berthed at Iran’s port city of Bandar Abbas in the Persian Gulf. The Chinese flotilla consists of two warships, a support vessel and a helicopter. After a four-day stay in Iranian waters the flotilla will hold war games with Iranian warships on Sunday. ISNA/ Amirhosein Khorgooi

  •  2018 World Cup 2017-06-14 12:08

    Iranians celebrate World Cup berth on the streets 

    TEHRAN- Iranians celebrated booking a place in the 2018 World Cup for the fifth time on the streets Monday night. Iran defeated Uzbekistan 2-0 in Tehran’s Azadi Stadium and advanced to successive FIFA World Cups for the first time in their history. Sardar Azmoun and Mehdi Taremi scored for Team Melli to cement Iran’s lead at the top of Group A with two matches left.

  • A man bears hug a bunch of rhubarb plants he has just harvested on the steep hillsides of Mount Binalud near the city of Nishapur in northeast Iran, June 5, 2017. 2017-06-13 09:49

    Full-grown rhubarb plants adorn Mount Binalud

    A man has just picked a bunch of rhubarb plants grown on the steep hillsides of Mount Binalud near the city of Neyshabur in northeast Iran, June 5, 2017.

  • Iftar 2017-06-12 20:37

    Iftar show in Tehran streets

    A large number of people come together every iftar in the fasting month of Ramadan in Tehran streets. Iftar is one of the religious observances of Ramadan, and is often done as a community, with people gathering to break their fast together. In Iran, a select of foods is cooked to break the fast at Maghrib time (just after sunset) and is summarily followed by a proper Persian meal. Tasnim/ M.Sadegh Nikgostar

  • An Iranian woman shepherds a small herd of cows in the mountainous Sarash Village in the central district of Lahijan County, Gilan Province on June 6, 2017. 2017-06-11 10:03

    Sarash Village home to warm, hospitable people

    An Iranian woman shepherds a small herd of cows in the mountainous Sarash Village, northern Gilan province, on June 6, 2017.

  • Masal 2017-06-10 16:00

    Masal; the green roof of Iran

    The city of Masal in Iran’s northern province of Gilan includes two parts of Masal and Shanderman which both feature the natural tourist attractions. The green roof is not dominated by villa constructors and dealers yet and has still preserved its beauty and peace. The beautiful city with over 70,000 hectares of forests and pastures is a well-worth destination. ISNA/ Pouria Pakizeh

  • Martial arts 2017-06-09 10:19

    Martial arts on the distaff side

    TEHRAN – A gaggle of females, called Ninja, are seen practicing marshal arts in Boroujerd, western Iran.  In doing so, they have already challenged traditional concepts of femininity in a context, where women’s sports is not usual.  

  • Quran recitation 2017-05-31 12:07

    Quran recitation during Ramadan 

    Recitation of the Holy Quran is a national ritual practiced particularly during the fasting month of Ramadan. The picture depicts Muslim observers in the shrine of Mohammad Helal Ibn-e Ali (AS), in Aran va Bidgol, a small town in Isfahan Province, central Iran. People recite the Holy Quran right after their morning prayer.  In recent years, Aran va Bidgol is well-known as “an exemplary Quranic city” for having had prominent activities in Islamic teachings. Fars/ Mahdi Marizad

  • Borage 2017-05-30 12:05

    Borage harvest season in northern Iran 

    TEHRAN- Borage, also known as a starflower, is a medicinal herb and now it is in season. Local farmers in Gilan province that lies along the Caspian Sea in northern Iran are busy harvesting it. 

  • Iranian ophthalmologist Behnam Ghaffarzadeh examines a duck that has just undergone cataract extract at the surgeon’s office in Tabriz, northwest Iran, on May 25, 2017. 2017-05-29 09:44

    Duck undergoes cataract surgery in Tabriz

    Iranian ophthalmologist Behnam Ghaffarzadeh examines a duck that has just undergone cataract extraction at the surgeon’s office in the northwestern city of Tabriz, May 25, 2017.

  • off-road 2017-05-28 12:10

    Intl. off-road competition held in Qazvin

    The second edition of the international off-road competition was held in Qazvin, located in 150 km northwest of Tehran, Capital of Iran.

  • cleaning mosques 2017-05-27 10:27

    Muslim clean mosques in run-up to Ramadan  

    A few days prior to the fasting month of Ramadan, Muslims get into the ritual of cleaning and dusting community mosques to welcome the holy month. 

  • Khorramshahr 2017-05-26 10:25

    Wartime sign now a symbol of resistance

    A sign in Khorramshahr, southern Iran, reads “welcome to Khorramshahr, 36-million population.”  The sign dates back to the 1980s when Iraq invaded Iran and captured Khorramshahr for 578 days. A small city, Khorramshahr was liberated May 24, 1982, when millions of Iranians took to streets to victoriously celebrate the liberation. 

  • paddy fields 2017-05-24 13:50

    Rice planting at paddy fields in northern Iran

    Female farmers work on paddy fields planting rice after the fields are ploughed in the northern city of Rasht.  Planting season begins in mid-spring when the weather gets warm in the region. Rice seeds are first planted close together in one flooded paddy and grows into seedlings that will be transplanted into paddy fields.

  • Iran Volleyball 2017-05-22 14:41

    Iranian volleyball players take selfie ahead of Poland match

    Iranian volleyball players took on-pitch selfie ahead of their friendly match against Poland Saturday night. Iran lost to powerhouse Poland in straight sets (25-19, 25-19, 25-23) in front of 11,000 cheering fans in Katowice. Igor Kolakovic had already defeated Montenegro twice and earned a victory over Slovenia and lost to them once in the past two weeks. The Iranian team are preparing for the FIVB World League 2017.  

  • iran volleyball team 2017-05-21 17:41

    Iran volleyball team lose to Poland in friendly

    Iran volleyball team lost to powerhouse Poland in straight sets (25-19, 25-19, 25-23) in front of 11,000 cheering fans in Katowice Saturday night.

  • A selfie of victory 2017-05-21 14:40

    A selfie of victory

    A young Iranian couple take a selfie after Hassan Rouhani was reelected president on May 19, 2017. Rouhani, who represented moderates and reformers in the campaigns, won 23.5 million (or 57 percent) of the total vote, while his closest rival, Ebrahim Raisi, received 15.7 million (38.5 percent), the Interior Ministry announced on Saturday. Tehran Times/ Behnam Sahvi

  • men’s synchronized 3m springboard diving 2017-05-20 15:37

    Iranian divers win gold at Synchronized 3m Springboard 

    Iran’s representatives Shahnam Nazarpour and Mojtaba Valiporu (334.08 points) won a gold medal of the men’s synchronized 3m springboard diving at the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku.

  • Jamkaran Mosque 2017-05-13 11:52

    Iranians celebrate birth anniversary of Imam Mahdi

    Thousands of Iranians gathered at Jamkaran Mosque, Qom, on Friday to celebrate the birth anniversary of Imam Mahdi, the twelfth Shiite imam.  Imam Mahdi - who Shi'ites believe was a descendent of the Prophet who went into hiding 1,000 years ago and will return to establish global Islamic rule before the end of the world.