A group of athletes from mountaineering associations are gathering today, 4th of July, in Rineh, Mazandaran province, to celebrate National Day for Damavand, the highest peak in Iran.
Tehran, 4 July 2006 (CHN Foreign Desk) -- Damavand National Day will be celebrated today in Rineh, northern province of Mazandaran, with the presence of a group of enthusiasts, particularly athletes from mountaineering associations. Attracting the attention of people toward Damavand and other mountains in Iran as valuable natural sites and highlighting their importance in the lives of human beings are among the purposes for this gathering.
The role of Damavand Mountain in Persian legends, history and literature, the existing problems with the ecosystem of Damavand Mountain, and the special place of Damavand in Iran's and the world's mountaineering will be discussed in this summit. Commemorating the memories of those mountain climbers who were killed on the slopes on Mt. Damavand in the past and performing traditional and folk music will be the other programs of today's gathering.
Located approximately 50 kilometers northeast of Tehran, Mt. Damavand is a dormant volcano which is 5,670 meters (18,598 feet) in height. Damavand is the highest peak in Iran and the highest volcano in the Middle East. The mountain and its surrounding areas are popular hiking, climbing, and skiing destinations.
Regarding the registration of Damavand National Day in the Persian calendar, Abbas Mohammadi, head of Iran's Mountaineering Federation said: "the governmental sectors, such as Iran's Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organizations and the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance have expressed their positive view on this matter. However, it has not been announced formally and the case should be studied in the Council for Public Culture."
Today's program is held with the attendance of Iran's Mountaineering Association, Green Mountain Organization, some NGOs, and family of Siavash Yazdani, Iranian mountain climber who was lost in Damavand Mountain two years ago. Iran's Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization, Forest and Pasture Organization, and the Environment Organization of Mazandaran province have cooperated in holding this ceremony.
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