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Iran's New Year
TEHRAN (FNA)- The ancient Iranian calendar was a solar calendar. The fact is repeatedly documented in the ancient Avesta writings. One of the most important solar festivals is called Nowrouz - the New Year. Nowrouz literally means the 'New Day' and is celebrated on the vernal equinox in spring. ( 10:31:28 - 2012/03/20)

Iranians Celebrate New Year
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranians began their New Year festivities as spring arrived for 13 days following the ancient custom of celebrating the vernal equinox. ( 10:19:22 - 2012/03/20)

Iraqi Kurds Celebrate Nowrouz
TEHRAN (FNA)- People in the Iraqi Kurdistan region hold Nowrouz celebrations, marking the beginning of the Persian New Year, from March 18 to 21 and spend the first day of the New Year outdoors wearing traditional clothes. ( 11:56:33 - 2012/03/19)

Minister: Expansion of Cultural Ties among Muslim States to Foil Enemies' Plots
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Culture and Islamic Guidance Minister Seyed Mohammad Hosseini underlined that Islamic states should develop their cultural relations to foil the plots hatched by the enemies. ( 17:49:09 - 2012/03/07)

Turkmen President: Stronger Cultural Interaction Instigates Wider Ties with Iran
TEHRAN (FNA)- Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov underlined the significance of cultural interactions for stronger political and economic relations between Iran and the Central Asian state. ( 17:08:00 - 2012/03/06)

Culture Minister Urges Artists, Writers to Show Iran's Peace-Seeking Nature
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Culture Minister Seyed Mohammad Hosseini called on the country's artists and writers to show the peace-seeking nature and policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the world through their artworks and writings. ( 15:46:54 - 2012/02/23)

Minister Stresses Iran's Respect for All Religious Minorities
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Culture and Islamic Guidance Minister Seyed Mohammad Hosseini underlined the Islamic Republic's respect and support for the rights of all religious minorities living in Iran. ( 14:12:25 - 2012/02/19)

Iran's Cartoon House to Hold Contest in Support of GMJ
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Cartoon House plans to hold a cartoon contest in support of the Global March to Jerusalem, a movement for the freedom of the Holy Quds. ( 15:16:20 - 2012/02/07)

Top Cartoonists of Int'l Wall Street Downfall Cartoon Festival Selected
TEHRAN (FNA)- The best artworks of the world cartoonists who have attended the international cartoon festival on the Occupy Wall Street movement were selected by the Iranian and foreign juries. ( 13:02:14 - 2012/02/07)

Iran, Algeria Underline Boosting Cooperation in Religious Affairs
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian and Algerian officials in a meeting in Algiers discussed ways to further increase cooperation between the two Muslim countries, specially in the field of religious affairs. ( 12:54:08 - 2012/02/05)

2nd 'Hollywoodism and Cinema' Conference Kicks Off Work in Tehran
TEHRAN (FNA)- The 2nd international conference on 'Hollywoodism and Cinema' started work in a ceremony attended by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran on Thursday. ( 12:12:13 - 2012/02/02)

Japanese Envoy Urges Further Expansion of Cultural Ties with Iran
TEHRAN (FNA)- Japanese Ambassador to Tehran Kinichi Komano stressed the strong traditional art and cultural ties between Iran and Japan, and expressed the hope that such relations would further develop. ( 13:52:14 - 2012/01/26)

Iran Facilitates Pilgrimage for Indians
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Consul General in Hyderabad Mahmoud Safari Farkhud met with Indian Minister for Wakf and Minorities Welfare Mohammed Ahamadullah and discussed facilitated visits to Iran's holy shrines by Indian pilgrims. ( 18:56:58 - 2012/01/22)

24 Directors Compete for Fajr International Film Festival
TEHRAN (FNA)- More than 24 directors with 14 films compete for the Crystal Simorgh of the 30th Fajr International Film Festival. ( 09:29:11 - 2012/01/17)

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