#Norouz photos from our broadcast regions!
Springtime has finally arrived, and last week’s “Friday Photos From…” gallery celebrated Norouz, a holiday that not only marks the spring equinox but also the first day of the Persian New Year.
The holiday is celebrated across Central Asia and the Caucasus and is a loud and colorful start to the new year. The history of Norouz dates back to pre-Islamic Iran where it is believed to have been the holiday of the ancient Zoroastrian religion.
These photos come from our broadcast regions, such as Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan Azerbaijan and Iran and were taken by our photographers. Photos from Iran are a courtesy of Mehr agency.
Check out what listeners of RFE/RL’s Persian Service, Radio Farda wish for in the New Year at “Radio Farda Listeners Share Norouz Wishes”
See the rest of the photos on our Facebook page!
Amid the drumbeat of war between Iran and Israel, an Israeli couple has launched an online peace campaign in an effort to reach out to Iranians and say no to a military conflict.
Forty-one-year-old graphic designer Ronny Edry and his partner, 36-year-old Michal Tamir, launched the initiative last week by posting pictures of themselves with their children on a Facebook page with a simple message: “Iranians, we love you. We don’t want to bomb your country.”
In an interview with RFE/RL, the couple behind the “Israel Loves Iran” page said their idea was to create a virtual “boxing ring” where, instead of fighting, one opponent would reach out with both hands to “the other side.”
One woman in the Iranian capital, whose satellite dish was demolished by the police several months ago, told “Persian Letters” that the first thing she did the day after her apartment complex was raided was order a new dish and receiver.
“That’s the only fun we have here. There’s nothing worth watching on [state television],” she said. “They can come and take my dish away. I will get a new one.”
Ever expect to see the president of the Society for the Protection of Nuremberg Bratwurst quoted in an article about Iran sanctions?
Indeed, that’s what you’ll find in this “USA Today” story about carnivorous Germans suffering due to the rising price of Iranian sheep intestines — the material of preference for the bratwurst casings. [read more]
This video of topless Europe-based Iranian women is making the rounds. They say in the video that their nudity “is a ‘no’ to political Islam.”
The video is indeed provocative. But it’s unclear how the video or “purchas[ing] a copy of the Nude Photo Revolutionary Calendar” would actually “go towards supporting women’s rights and free expression,” as the clip states…[See the video]