Photos by Morteza Rahmani, Mehr News Agency
Iranian citities are abuzz with excitement in the countdown to the Persian New Year, Norooz which this year coincides with Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 01:28:27 AM Tehran time. Norooz is a festive occasion for Iranians and other countries in the region. One of the customs of Norooz is shopping for new clothes, especially for the children, preparing the Haftsin Norooz spread, and buying nuts and sweets for offering to visiting family and friends.
These photos show the historic Grand Bazaar of Tabriz, in northwestern Iran, busy with people doing their Norooz shopping. Tabriz Grand Bazaar is one of the greatest indoor markets in Iran and Asia. The Bazaar covers an area of one square kilometer, thus deserving the title 'world greatest indoor market.'
About Norooz:Norooz (literally "New Day") is the name of the Iranian New Year, also known as the Persian New Year, which is celebrated worldwide by the Iranians and Turkic peoples, along with some other ethno-linguistic groups, as the beginning of the New Year.
International Norooz Day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly, in its resolution A/RES/64/253 of 2010, at the initiative of several countries that share this holiday (Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey and Turkmenistan.
Inscribed in 2009 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity as a cultural tradition observed by numerous peoples, Norooz is an ancestral festivity marking the first day of spring and the renewal of nature. It promotes values of peace and solidarity between generations and within families as well as reconciliation and neighbourliness, thus contributing to cultural diversity and friendship among peoples and different communities.
Iranian women playing daf in shopping mall welcoming Norooz
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