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  • Sadeh Festival 2017-01-30 20:54

    Sadeh: Zoroastrians celebrate ancient winter festival

    TEHRAN - Like every year, nationwide assemblies of Iranian Zoroastrians held the time-honored Sadeh Festival late on Jan. 29. According to a tradition, the followers of Zoroastrian faith celebrate the passing of winter by kindling bonfires.

  • Dust storms choking southwestern Iran 2017-01-29 21:12

    Dust storms choking southwestern Iran

    Sand and dust storms, haunting the southwestern province of Khuzestan, has thrown people’s life out of balance once again for some days now. Some sources have announced that dust particles are 66 times higher than standard levels in the capital city of Ahwaz. On Saturday, air quality index hit 300, or very unhealthful, indicating that general population should avoid vigorous outdoor activity. Photo: Farsnews/ Danial Khodae

  • American couple in Iran 2017-01-28 20:36

    American couple in Iran

    An American couple take pictures at a historical site in Qazivin, central Iran. As tour guides the couple have travelled to Iran to participate in the 17th World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (WFTGA) Convention hosted by Iran from Jan. 28 to Feb. 1. Tehran Times/ Farhad Safari

  • daffodils 2017-01-27 13:08

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    Hossein Nazari, 45, is a gardener who plants daffodils in the northern city of Jouybar, with 35 years of experience under his belt. Powerfully scented daffodils are harvested in late autumn or early winter depending on the coldness of the weather. (Tehran Times/ Amir Ali Razzaghi)

  • Zayanderud River 2017-01-25 14:00

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    Dammed water once again started flowing in the Zayanderud River, central city of Isfahan, early Tuesday morning. The river was unfortunately completely dried up and it will run for 22 days for agricultural use. Photo: Mohammad Reza Sharif/ Mizan

  • street theater 2017-01-24 20:16

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  • Fajr International Festival of Visual Arts 2017-01-23 18:54

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  • Reza Kianian 2017-01-22 18:22

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    Actor Reza Kianian (C) lights a candle among the people gathered in the courtyard of Tehran’s City Theater Complex on January 21, 2017 to commemorate the victims of the Plasco Building disaster. The 17-storey commercial center located in downtown Tehran collapsed after a raging inferno last Thursday. (Mehr/Mohammad Moheimani)

  • Horse-riding competition in Ahvaz 2017-01-21 17:58

    Horse-riding competition in Ahvaz

    Third week of horse-riding competition was held in Ahvaz, capital of southwestern province of Khuzestan on Friday. A total of seven Iranian provinces took part in the competition. Persian horses have a good temperament, together with great stamina. They are sure footed and extremely intelligent. Horse-racing is one of the most ancient past-times, dating back to some of the earliest civilizations of man. Tehran Times/ Mehdi Pedramkhoo

  • People lay flowers to honor fallen firefighters 2017-01-20 21:09

    People lay flowers to honor fallen firefighters

    Hundreds of saddened Iranians lay flowers on Jan. 20 at a firefighting truck to symbolically honor victims of a building collapse in Tehran. More than 20 firefighters are trapped under the rubble. Tehran Times/ Fahimeh Rahimi

  • Duquende 2017-01-18 18:59

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  • Qeshm a major tourist destination 2017-01-17 16:58

    Qeshm a major tourist destination

    Dolphins are seen before a motorboat carrying tourists near the Qeshm Island, southern Iran.

  • Rastak 2017-01-15 18:57

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  • Qazvin cafering 2017-01-14 21:28

    Qazvin Cafering

    The photo shows an old man in a traditional bazaar in Qazvin, central Iran, wearing a number of ornamental rings. The rings, with precious, colorful pieces of stone on their top, are usually worn by men, suggesting macho and religious overtones. The bazaar is the whereabouts of not only the old but the young. At a symbolic level, the jewelry has been associated with cultural heritage and nobility with some rings handed down over generations. Tehran Times/ Farhad Safari

  • The Seven Adventures of Rustam 2017-01-13 18:58

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  • Diabolic: Romeo and Juliet 2017-01-10 19:25

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  • Women's football in Iran 2017-01-07 15:31

    Women's football in Iran

    A women wearing a chador helps to tie shoelaces a player of Ayandehsazan-e Najaf Abad during the football match with Zob Ahan. Tehran Times/ Abbas Pustinduz

  • Mir Jalaleddin Kazzazi 2017-01-06 19:21

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  • Kayhan Kalhor 2017-01-04 19:24

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  • A 10 year old boy Organ donation 2017-01-03 20:33

    Organs of 10-year-old boy donated

    Erfan Dinarvandi, a 10 year-old boy from Ahwaz, southern province of Khuzestan, was admitted to the hospital last week due to an accident. After being declared brain dead his family agreed to donate his organs to patients needing a transplant. ISNA/ Ali Mohammadi

  • Wintering birds in Iran 2017-01-02 19:49

    Wintering birds in Iran

    Wintering birds including ducks, flamingos, geese, and other waterfowls have arrived in wetlands of the southern province of Fars to spend winter in Iran. Photo: Tasnim/ Erfan Samanfar

  • Dian Ensemble 2017-01-01 18:22

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  • Vietnam cultural week wraps up 2016-12-31 21:40

    Vietnam cultural week wraps up

    TEHRAN - The embassy of Vietnam in Tehran ended its cultural week at Niavaran Palace, Tehran, on Friday.

  • Donya Fannizadeh 2016-12-30 18:45

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  • Kermanshah Cultural Week 2016-12-28 18:52

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  • حال و هوای خانواده شهید روبرت لازار در شب کریسمس 2016-12-27 17:54

    Christian parent commemorates martyred son

    TEHRAN - Robert Lazar was an Iranian-Christian martyred during the Iraqi invasion of Iran (1980-1988). Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei paid a visit on December 27, 2015, to the home of the martyr. During the meeting, the Leader said “the Christian minority, both the Armenians and the Assyrians, have emerged victorious out of the Revolution and the war as loyal, wise, insightful and courageous Iranians.” The photo shows the parent of Robert Lazar celebrating the New Year with a picture of their martyred son. Photo: Mehrnews / Saeed Reza Razavi

  • Bahram Beizai 2016-12-26 18:49

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  • exhibition of gol-o-morgh 2016-12-25 18:43

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  • Families and friends have taken the opportunity for snow tubing, an exhilarating experience, in snow covered heights of Bojnourd, northeastern Iran 2016-12-24 18:19

    Opportunity for snow tubing

    Families and friends have taken the opportunity for snow tubing, an exhilarating experience, in snow covered heights of Bojnourd, northeastern Iran. Tehran Times/ Maryam Davarnia

  • Vibrant wedding ceremonies in Turkmen Sahra 2016-12-23 16:51

    Leila Qodratollahi-Fard, Photographer at the Tehran Times

    Vibrant wedding ceremonies in Turkmen Sahra

    TEHRAN — Iranian Turkmen are an ethnic community living in Turkmen Sahra region which includes northern and northeastern parts of the country, mainly Golestan, North Khorasan, and Khorasan Razavi provinces. Turkmen wedding ceremonies are flamboyant, eye-catching and filled with authentic traditional customs preserved and passed down from generation to generation. Turkmen consider marriage as an important social and economic dimension to their lives. They believe marriage and child bearing would make their families and tribes more powerful. The photos below depict a rainbow-like wedding ceremony held in Raz and Jargalan, North Khorasan province. MQ/MG