Tehran, 18 March 2006 (CHN) -- Six prominent foreign journalists from different countries will come to Iran during Nowruz holidays to prepare reports about Iranian traditional Nowruz ceremony the Persian New Year.
Elena Yoncheva, Bulgarian journalist and war reporter, who is also the partner of Bulgarian Prime Minister, Sergey Stanishev, will come to Iran with a group of photographers during Nowruz holidays to prepare reports from the ancient ceremony of Nowruz. According to Alireza Shiravi, head of foreign journalists and media department of Iran's Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, during her 10-day visit to Iran Yoncheva will have a meeting with Iran's President, Mahmoud Ahmadi Nejad as well.
Elena Youcheva is the writer of television documentaries and war reporter on the conflicts in Bosnia, Kosovo, Chechnya, Afghanistan, Algeria, Russia, Israel, South Africa, and Macedonia. She has been a guest lecturer in investigative journalism in the New University in Bulgaria. For seven consecutive years she has been acclaimed for producing the best TV documentaries in Bulgaria. Yoncheva has released more than 25 television documentaries so far including a 30-minute film entitled "Sarajevo" which includes interviews with President of Bosnia & Herzegovina Alia Izetbegovich and the Bosnian Serb Leader Radovan Karadzhic. The film produced in 1993, portrays the everyday life in besieged Sarajevo. "Welcome to Afghanistan", a 45-minute documentary film produced in December 1996, is one of her other interesting productions, in which the situation in Afghanistan after the Taliban's capture of Kabul is screened.
Shiravi also announced the travel of Kazuyoshi Nomachi, Japanese photographer, to Iran during Nowruz holidays. "This photographer who changed his name to Ali Kazuyoshi Nomachi after he converted to Islam, came to Mashhad last year and took some beautiful pictures there," said Shiravi.
Nomachi is well-known for the pictures he took during the Hajj ceremony in the holly cities of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.
Michael Seligman, from New York Times, and two other Russian reporters will also come to Iran during Nowruz holidays to prepare reports about this traditional ceremony in Iran.
According to Shiravi, it is not clear yet which cities they will visit during their trip to Iran.
Iranian New Year 1385 (Solar Year) will begin on Monday 20th of March, at 9:55:35 PM Tehran time. Nowruz in Persian means New Year or New Day. It is the beginning of the year for the People of Iran, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan and Central Asian Republics. It is also celebrated as the New Year by the Kurds in the neighboring countries of Turkey, Iraq, Syria and Georgia. It is the celebration of Spring Equinox. This tradition goes back to at least 3000 years ago and is still regarded with high importance in a number of countries including Iran.
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