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Zoroastrianism was the national faith of Iran for more than a millennium before the Arab conquest. It has had an immense influence on Iranian philosophy, culture and art after the people of Iran converted to Islam.…
The night before the last Wednesday of the Persian year is celebrated by Iranians as Chahārshanbe Suri. Sur means feast, party or festival in Persian, and it is widely described as fire festival. This festival is…
Iran, also known Persia, is in Western Asia bordered on the north by Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan, with Kazakhstan and Russia across the Caspian Sea; on the east by Afghanistan and Pakistan; on the south by…
Iran is one of the world's oldest civilizations, beginning with the formation of the Proto-Elamite and Elamite kingdom in 3200 – 2800 BCE. The Iranian Medes unified the country into the first of many empires in…
The Cyrus Cylinder is an ancient clay cylinder, now broken into several fragments, on which is written a declaration in Akkadian cuneiform script in the name of the Persia's Achaemenid king Cyrus the Great. The Cylinder…
 Denoting “seven items beginning with the letter sin (S),” is one of the components of the rituals of the New Year’s Day festival observed by most Iranians. The items are traditionally displayed on the dining cloth…
Nowruz, meaning "The New Day" is the name of the Iranian New Year in the Solar calendar. It marks the first day of spring or Equinox. It is celebrated on the day of the astronomical Northward…
Several languages are spoken in different regions of Iran. The predominant language and national language is Farsi, which is spoken across the country. Azeri is spoken primarily in the northwest, Kurdish primarily in the west, Arabic…
Iranians were among the first to use mathematics, geometry, and astronomy in architecture and also have extraordinary skills in making massive domes which can be seen frequently in the structure of bazaars and mosques. This greatly…
Iranians were some of the first people in history to weave carpets. First deriving from the notion of basic need, the Persian rug started out as a simple/pure weave of fabric that helped nomadic people living…
Iran is home to one of the richest artistic traditions in world history and encompasses many disciplines, including architecture, painting, weaving, pottery, calligraphy, metalworking and stonemasonry.Iranian art has gone through numerous phases. The unique aesthetics of…
Tehran, the capital and largest city, serves as the cultural, commercial, and industrial center of the nation. Iran hosts Asia's fourth-largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Iran is a founding member of the UN, NAM,…