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3/19/06

Nowruz Programs in Isfahan, the Cultural Capital of Islamic World

Fish ceremony, establishing painting exhibitions, and Zarih Naghsh exhibition are some of the programs of the city of Isfahan during Nowruz holidays.

Tehran, 19 March 2006 (CHN) -- The special Nowruz programs of the "Cultural Capital of Islamic World", Isfahan, have been announced by Isfahan's cultural committee.

Isfahan's Cultural Committee is in charge of holding special programs and ceremonies during Nowruz holidays, Iranian New Year ceremony, in Isfahan.

Preparing a Nowruz Haft Seen* is the first program of cultural committee for this coming Nowruz. This program is held in Ghadir Garden in Isfahan in 19th of March.

Fish Ceremony will be another program, which will be held on 1st of April in Isfahan's children and youth organization. During this ceremony, some fish will be given to those who dedicated their fish last year and also the most beautiful fish will be selected. A show of different Sabzeh (wheat or barley grown in a dish) to select the best one will also be held on first of April in Ghadir Garden.

Establishing painting exhibition stations, street theatre and a picture exhibition from historical monuments, artifacts careers, and Isfahani handicrafts industry will also be held in Ghadir Garden in Isfahan during Nowruz holidays.

Since this year Nowruz holidays have fallen in the Arabic month of Safar (the month in which Prophet Mohammad passed away) and the first day of Nowruz has coincided with Arbaein (the 40th day of Imam Hossein's martyrdom following the Ashura uprising), some special programs on commemoration of these event such as establishing Zarih Naghsh exhibition in Qalamestan Garden and Moharam picture exhibition in Fadak Garden will be held by Isfahn's Cultural Committee.

Nowruz is the Persian New Year and the celebration of spring. What Iranians have today as Nowruz has been celebrated for at least 3000 years and is deeply rooted in the traditions of Zoroastrian beliefs. Nowruz holidays starts at the first day of spring and run for 13 days.

Iranians spread Haft Seen table for the start of New Year. It consists of seven edible things starting with the letter S. Also wheat or barley representing new growth, fish as the most easily obtainable animal and water are also present in Haft Seen table. There is a special philosophy behind each of these items presented in Haft Seen table, which have itself a long story.

City of Isfahan is one of the most beautiful historical cities of Iran. Having several historical monuments and bridges such as Naqsh-e Jahan Square and Si-o-Se Pol (the 33 Bridge) on Zayandeh Rood River, Isfahan has been designated by UNESCO as a world heritage city.

Isfahan has been chosen as the Cultural Capital of the World's Islamic cities for year 2006 by Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC).

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