Mon Mar 27, 2017 8:29AM
People carrying Nowruz Haftsin table in Mazandaran.
People carrying Nowruz Haftsin table in Mazandaran.
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These are some of the stories covered in this episode of the Iran program:

Nowruz in Mazandaran

Last week on the Iran Program we gave you a thorough introduction of our Persian New Year’s traditions; from fire festivals on the eve of the last Wednesday of the year to the exact moment the year turns and the spring season begins. But as you have often seen on this show Iran is a vast country of diversities. And despite our unity and commonalities, different parts of Iran celebrate the Persian New Year, adding a touch of their own regional traditions.

A glimpse of Sistan & Baluchestan
In the south-east of Iran is the province of Sistan and Baluchestan. Most of the people living there are known to be of the Baluch Tribe. And their language is one of the oldest of the Indo-Iranian languages that still lives today. That alone says a lot about Sistan and Baluchestan. They’ve had a language system for thousands of years; that implies a rich history and civilization. And the language is still used today; that means these Iranians treasure their cultural heritage.

Qazvin City
The 'Darbeh Kooshk' gateway is an open door to a city that was once a major trade hub along the Silk Road.