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“I am moved to pity, when I think of the brevity of human life, seeing that of all this host of men not one will still be alive in a hundred years' time.”
-Xerxes I (reigned 485 - 465 BC)
 
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Festival of Sadeh(Jashn e Sadeh)
Written by Massoume Price   

Sadeh meaning hundred, is a mid winter feast that was celebrated with grandeur and magnificence in

Festival of Sadeh(Jashn e Sadeh)
Festival of Sadeh
ancient Iran. It was a festivity to honor fire and to defeat the forces of darkness, frost and cold. Two different days were observed for its veneration. One celebration marked the hundred day before the religious No Ruz on the first day of the month Farvardin (religious No Ruz is different from spring No Ruz).

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Christmas,Yalda, and MithraƏsm
Written by Akbar Nemati   
Yalda watermelon
Yalda watermelon

While the Christians all over the world are preparing themselves for celebrating Christmas, the Iranians in Iran and outside are getting ready to celebrate one of their most ancient celebrations, Yalda.
According to historians, Iranians who had traveled to Europe during the reign of Parthian dynasty and converting to Christianity celebrated the birth of Christ, which was not exactly known, on the birthday of Mehr, or Mithra.

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Happy Ferdowsi Day
Written by Akbar Nemati   
Happy Ferdowsi Day
Happy Ferdowsi Day
May 15 is annually celebrated by Iranians as Fedowsi Day. Many art and cultural festivals are held across the country to commemorate the great Iranian epic poet.

Following is an article on Ferdowsi’s masterpiece the Shahnameh, which was written by Charles Melville, a lecturer of the University of Cambridge, in 2007.
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Ferdowsi Tousi
Written by Akbar Nemati   
Ferdowsi Statue
Ferdowsi Statue
Ferdowsi is one of the undisputed giants of Persian literature. After Ferdowsi's Shahnama a number of other works similar in nature surfaced over the centuries within the cultural sphere of the Persian language.
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Tradition and mythology of Nowruz
Written by Akbar Nemati   

Tradition and mythology of Nowruz
Tradition and mythology of Nowruz
 

Due to its antiquity, there exist various foundation myths for Nowruz in Iranian mythology. In the Zoroastrian tradition, the seven most important Zoroastrian festivals are the six Gahambars and Nowruz which occurs at the spring equinox. According to the late Professor Mary Boyce: It seems a reasonable surmise that Nowruz, the holiest of them all, with deep doctrinal significance, was founded by Zoroaster himself. Between sunset of the day of the 6th Gahanbar and sunrise of Nowruz was celebrated Hamaspathmaedaya (later known, in its extended form, as Frawardinegan). This and the Gahanbar are the only festivals named in the surviving text of the Avesta.

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