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Jahanshah Javid

Age: 55 |

Birth City: آبادان |

Joined on October 02, 2012

All the way from Lahijan

My cousin brought me some pure Iranian tea.

Morning traffic

Calle Siete Culebras.

I love Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays...

Soraya in the living room.

Read my mind

Feed me or else!

Iran Holds Special Tour of Mourning Ceremonies for Foreigners

Iran Fronpage: Tour operators in the city of Yazd have organized a special tour of mourning ceremonies held in this city during the Islamic month of Muharram, when Shiite Muslims mourn the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein.

Described as “Iran’s museum of mourning tools” by prominent novelist Jalal Al-e Ahmad, Yazd annually hosts mourning ceremonies attended by millions of people from across the country.

This year, foreign tourists interested in these rituals were also taken to a tour of such ceremonies in Yazd from September 27 to October 2.

Here are ISNA‘s photos of the tour >>>

Going home

Calle Marquez.

Iranian friends from Montreal

Just arrived in Cusco for a 2-week visit. 

'Is it art or pain?' Iran's Parastou Forouhar on family, death and the failed revolution

The Guardian: Every autumn, the Iranian artist Parastou Forouhar returns to Tehran from Germany to hold a memorial service for her murdered parents.

Dariush Forouhar, a secular politician, and his wife, Parvaneh, were two of Iran’s most high-profile political activists when they were stabbed to death in their home on 22 November 1998. The killers placed her father’s body in a chair facing towards the Qibla, the direction of Mecca.

Forouhar, 55, remembers receiving a call from a BBC reporter asking when she had last spoken to her parents.

“I called a close friend of my parents in Paris and he was crying,” Forouhar says. “I thought, it mustn’t be just an arrest. We were used to [arrests]. I said, is Dad killed? He said, it’s not just your dad.”

Every year since, Parastou has gathered with close relatives to light a candle and pay tribute to her parents’ secular democratic values. The public are routinely blocked from attending by security officials.

“They won’t let people in for the ceremony [but] it gets media coverage and it becomes an act of protest,” says Forouhar, whose work was recently exhibited at Pi Artworks in London.

Forouhar says regularly revisiting the suffering she has endured for nearly 20 years has helped to heal the wounds of her past.

“When I work, I also have pain, you want to move on but also reproduce the pain at the same time,” she says. “Sometimes I can’t distinguish; is it art or pain? It’s really like finding healing in repetition. For me, the way to deal with pain is to reproduce it in art.” >>>

Best restaurant name

In the village of Limatambo, near Cusco.

What's the rush?

Yesterday, Calle Triunfo.