Tehran, Jan 31, IRNA - Nationwide ceremonies to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran started at 9:30 local time at the mausoleum of the Late Founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini in southern Tehran.
Ayatollah Khamenei at Behesht Zahra cemetery (martyr's section) in Tehran
The celebrations started exactly at the time when the Late Imam set foot on Iranian soil at Mehrabad International Airport after a long exile. Behesht-e Zahra cemetery, where the Late Imam's mausoleum is situated, is hosting several ranking Iranian officials, political and social elites, families of revered martyrs of the Islamic Revolution as well as large groups of people from different walks of the society.
Marking Ayatollah Khomeini's return by Air France at Mehrabad International Airport
The late Imam traveled to Bahesht-e Zahra to visit the tombs of the Revolution's martyrs right after his arrival at the airport. The place where he sat in the cemetery to address a huge gathering of people will be signed as one of the important and memorable places in the history of the Islamic Revolution by inaugurating a special symbol dedicated to the historic moment.
President Ahmadinejad makes new pledge of loyalty to Imam Khomeini
The late Imam's grandson, Seyed Hassan Khomeini, who is also in charge of the mausoleum, will address the ceremonies.
The late Imam arrived in Iran, February 1, 1979, from exile in Paris to further encourage public demonstrations against the US-backed regime of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and to lead the revolution to its glorious victory just ten days later. The span of time between Late Imam's arrival and the victory of the Islamic Revolution is dubbed as "Ten-Day Dawn" and is celebrated each year.
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his cabinet members attended the mausoleum this morning to pay tribute to the memory of the late Imam Khomeini and renew allegiance to his ideals.
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