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  • A cluster of pilgrims walk in a scenic mountainous route that leads to the shrine of Khalid Nabi in Golestan province near the border with Turkmenistan, April 29, 2017. 2017-05-01 09:22

    Khalid Nabi shrine where faith and beauty meet

    A cluster of pilgrims walk in a scenic mountainous route that leads to the shrine of Khalid Nabi in Golestan province near the border with Turkmenistan, April 29, 2017. The modest shrine, surmounted by a tiny cone-shaped dome, is seen in the foreground atop a greenish pick.

  • Ashiqlar Music Festival 2017-04-28 19:32

    Tabriz hosts Ashiqlar Music Festival

    A group performs during the 3rd Ashiqlar Music Festival at the Tabriz Culture House in the northwestern Iranian city of Tabriz on April 26, 2016. 

  • A ceramic tilework bearing historical themes embellishes an exterior wall of the Takieh Mo’aven al-Molk, a distinctive Shiite shrine, in western Iranian city of Kermanshah, April 25, 2017. 2017-04-27 12:46

    Mo’aven al-Molk, a distinctive Shia shrine

    A ceramic tilework bearing historical themes embellishes an exterior wall of the Takieh Mo’aven al-Molk, a distinctive Shia shrine, in western Iranian city of Kermanshah, April 25, 2017. 

  • Mashhad 2017-04-26 11:45

    Prophet’s first revelation celebrated

    Thousands of Iranians gathered in the religious city of Mashhad in the Holy Shrine of Imam Reza (AS) on Monday to celebrate Eid al-Mab’ath, the anniversary of the day Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) received his first revelation and was chosen as Allah’s final messenger. The revered occasion, which falls on the 27th of the month of Rajab on the Islamic lunar calendar, is a public holiday in Iran. Many head to holy cities and sites, including Mashhad and Qom, to participate in religious festivities.

  • Salt sculpture 2017-04-23 13:38

    Salt sculpture festival held at Kaji wetland 

    A salt sculpture festival opened at Kaji wetland, eastern Iran, on Friday.

  • 34th International Quran Competition 2017-04-21 19:28

    Intl. Quran Competition opens in Tehran 

    TEHRAN – The 34th International Quran Competition opened at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Mosalla during a special ceremony on Wednesday evening.

  • Iranian fishermen standing on a trailer haul in a massive net on the Caspian Sea coast, April 18, 2017. 2017-04-20 11:11

    Fishing season wraps up in southern Caspian Sea

    Iranian fishermen standing on a trailer hauling a massive net on the Caspian Sea coast, April 18, 2017.

  • نخستین جشنواره تخصصی و ملی دوخت‌های سنتی 2017-04-19 10:39

    Exhibit on traditional handwoven cloths well received by visitors

    People visit a major exhibition of traditional Iranian needlework, embroidery and handwoven cloths at Malek National Library and Museum Institution on April 17, 2017. Organized under the auspices of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization, the exhibit will come to an end on April 19.

  • Visitors admire beauty of the vibrant, multi-colored flowers during a tulips festival at Chamran Park in Karaj on April 15, 2017. 2017-04-16 21:13

    Karaj festival boasts vibrant tapestry of tulips

    Visitors admire the beauty of vibrant, multi-colored flowers during a tulips festival at Chamran Park in Karaj on April 15, 2017.

  • Civilians 2017-04-15 13:48

    Civilians, militants begin evacuating 4 Syria towns

    Civilians and militants begin leaving four Syrian towns in the provinces of Idlib and Rif Dimashq under a deal reached between Damascus and militant groups last month. The process to evacuate Foua and Kefraya in Idlib as well as Zabadani and Madaya in Rif Dimashq was due to start on Wednesday, but it was postponed amid reports of bickering among militant groups. (Source: Press TV)

  •  National Orchestra 2017-04-14 12:22

    Iran’s National Orchestra rehearses with singer Mohammad Esfahani  

    Fereidun Shahbazian (L) conducts Iran’s National Orchestra during a rehearsal with vocalist Mohammad Esfahani (R) at Tehran’s Rudaki Hall on April 12, 2017. The orchestra is scheduled to perform concerts at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall on April 20 and 21. (IRNA/Marzieh Soleimani)

  •  Iran’s women’s alpine skiing 2017-04-12 15:22

    Women's alpine skiing held in Dizin 

    Fars Province finished in first place in the Iran’s women’s alpine skiing held in Dizin resort on Monday.  The competition brought all age groups together in Dizin resort, in the Alborz Mountains north of Tehran. The two-day event was held in two disciplines Slalom and Giant Slalom.  Dizin resort has been around for 47 years and is recognized by the International Ski Federation (FIS). 

  • Migrating flamingos wing their way to southern Iran 2017-04-11 19:23

    Migrating flamingos wing their way to southern Iran

    A great number of migrating flamingos have flown to the southern province of Fars recently. The birds will be staying at Tashk and Maharlu wetlands which are now covered with water thanks to recent precipitations. Tasnim/ Erfan Samanfar

  • Anti-war groups 2017-04-09 14:36

    Anti-war groups protest U.S. strikes against Syria 

    Protesters have taken to the streets in cities across the United States, as well as other countries, to demonstrate against the airstrikes in Syria ordered by U.S. President Donald Trump.

  •  Es’haq Jahangiri 2017-04-08 15:24

    Water transfer to dust-storm stricken Khuzestan begins

    First-Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri travelled to the southwestern province of Khuzestan on Thursday and paid a visit to a project aiming at channeling water from Karun River to the dust storm-stricken areas of the province.

  • Camel riders are seen during a traditional competition in the southeastern Iranian port city of Chabahar, April 3, 2017. 2017-04-05 18:27

    Chabahar hosts folk camel racing

    Camel riders are seen during a traditional competition in the southeastern Iranian port city of Chabahar, April 3, 2017.

  • A man stares at an intricate carpet pattern installed atop a traditional loom while weaving a silk carpet in the historical city of Tabriz, April 2, 2017. 2017-04-04 09:30

    Tabriz carpet shows intricate, elaborate patterns

    A man stares at an intricate carpet pattern installed atop a traditional loom while weaving a silk carpet in the historical city of Tabriz, April 2, 2017.

  • The hands of young ladies is seen tying together blades of grass in hope of finding their ideal husbands as a tradition to mark Sizdah Bedar. 2017-04-02 14:54

    Noruz in snapshot

    The hands of young ladies is seen tying together blades of grass in hope of finding their ideal husbands as a tradition to mark Sizdah Bedar.

  • Nouruz in Snapshots 2017-03-29 16:31

    Noruz in Snapshot

    With Noruz - the Iranian New Year starting on March 21 - approaching, people buy goldfish which adorns haft-seen table, an arrangement of seven symbolic items all starting with the letter S in the Persian alphabet. According to the tradition, a goldfish in a bowl represents life.

  • A woman passes by a flower garden during Noruz when the air boasts of its blossoming lilies, roses, and daffodils. 2017-03-28 13:08

    Noruz in snapshot

    A woman passes by a flower garden during Noruz when the air boasts of its blossoming lilies, roses, and daffodils.

  • An Iranian woman buys flowers ahead of celebrations in Tehran for Persian New Year, or Noruz (Photo: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images) 2017-03-27 02:39

    Noruz in snapshot

    An Iranian woman buys flowers ahead of celebrations in Tehran for Persian New Year, or Noruz (Photo: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Nouruz in Snapshots 2017-03-26 12:12

    Noruz in Snapshot

    With the beginning of spring people usually by colorful flowers as a sign of the revival of the nature.

  • Nouruz in Snapshots 2017-03-24 21:30

    Noruz in Snapshot

    Aside from paying visit to the relatives and friends the two-week holidays are great opportunities to take trips to different cities and take advantage of the spring beauties.

  • An open-top double-decker tourist bus is seen before Azadi Tower in western Tehran on March 23, 2017. 2017-03-23 15:54

    Double-decker bus offers hop-on, hop-off tour in Tehran

    An open-top double-decker tourist bus is seen before Azadi Tower in western Tehran on March 23, 2017.

  • Iranians pay respect to the graves of soldiers who were killed during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war, in Mashhad. (Photo: Ahmad Halabisaz/Xinhua Press/Corbis) 2017-03-22 10:52

    Noruz in snapshot

    Iranians pay respect to the graves of soldiers who were martyred during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war, in an undated photo in Mashhad. (Photo: Ahmad Halabisaz/Xinhua Press/Corbis)

  • Turkmen nomads take part in a wedding ceremony in northern Iran. The upper part of Gonbad-e Qabus, a UNESCO-inscribed tower, is seen in the foreground. 2017-03-20 23:17

    Noruz in snapshot

    Turkmen nomads take part in a wedding ceremony in northern Iran. The upper part of Gonbad-e Qabus, a UNESCO-inscribed tower, is seen in the foreground.

  • Iranians, wearing red clothes and black make-up, as a symbol of the Iranian New Year, called Haji Firuz, sing and dance in a street, hoping to earn money from passers-by in northern Tehran  .(Photo: V 2017-03-20 11:42

    Noruz in snapshot

    Iranians, wearing red clothes and black make-up, as a symbol of the Iranian New Year, called Haji Firuz, sing and dance in a street, hoping to earn money from passers-by in northern Tehran .(Photo: Vahid Salemi/AP)

  • Green sprouts are sold in small clay containers at a market in Tehran for Noruz, the Persian New Year 2017-03-19 13:18

    Noruz in snapshot

    Green sprouts are sold in small clay containers at a market in Tehran for Noruz, the Persian New Year

  • Nouruz in Snapshots 2017-03-17 12:41

    Noruz in Snapshot

    People in Palangan historical village, western province of Kurdestan, celebrate Nowruz festivities every year by the beginning of the spring. The youngsters carry blazing torches around the village and at the same time some other start big fire on the other side of the village. The festivities finally end with people taking the torches outside the village and performing traditional dances. Tehran Times/ Aryan Nasrollahi

  • Police, rescue forces prepared during Noruz holidays 2017-03-15 15:39

    Police, rescue forces prepared during Noruz holidays

    Traffic police as well as rescue and relief organizations are all prepared to offer services to the public during the Noruz holidays (March 15 to April 3). All relief and police forces would do their best to help citizens spend safe holidays. Some 30 helicopters will also offer aerial emergency services to the patients as well. Tasnim/ Erfan Kouchari