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Italy the world cup 2006 Champion

Fabio Cannavaro, a player who has belied his diminutive stature with some giant performances this past month, fittingly closed the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ by holding the biggest prize in football aloft. Fireworks proclaiming a fourth FIFA World Cup for Italy exploded into the black skies above the Olympiastadion as the Azzurri party began, leaving France.

Tehran, the capital of Iran

The metropolitan city of Tehran at the foot of the magnificent Mount Damavand is the capital of Iran and the province of Tehran.

Its turning point from a village at the mountain foot of Alborz Range into a metropolis and the capital of Iran dates back to 200 years ago. Currently, nearly10 million inhabitants (nearly one sixth of the country's population) live in Tehran.

Beautiful songs from my favourite singers

Two of my favourite singers are Bryan Adams and Celine Dion, I love their songs too much.

Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?
To really love a woman
To understand her - you gotta know her deep inside
Hear every thought - see every dream
N' give her wings - when she wants to fly
Then when you find yourself lyin' helpless in her arms
Ya know ya really love a woman

When you love a woman you tell her
that she's really wanted
When you love a woman you tell her that she's the one
Cuz she needs somebody to tell her
that it's gonna last forever
So tell me have you ever really
- really really ever loved a woman?

To really love a woman
Let her hold you -
til ya know how she needs to be touched
You've gotta breathe her - really taste her
Til you can feel her in your blood
N' when you can see your unborn children in her eyes
Ya know ya really love a woman

When you love a woman
you tell her that she's really wanted
When you love a woman you tell her that she's the one
Cuz she needs somebody to tell her
that you'll always be together
So tell me have you ever really -
really really ever loved a woman?

You got to give her some faith - hold her tight
A little tenderness - gotta treat her right
She will be there for you, takin' good care of you
Ya really gotta love your woman...

Then when you find yourself lyin' helpless in her arms
Ya know ya really love a woman
When you love a woman you tell her
that she's really wanted
When you love a woman you tell her that she's the one
Cuz she needs somebody to tell her
that it's gonna last forever
So tell me have you ever really
- really really ever loved a woman?

Just tell me have you ever really,
really, really, ever loved a woman?
Just tell me have you ever really,
really, really, ever loved a woman?


Bryan Adams

NOROOZ, the Iranian New Year

Norooz is a celebration of life.
Iranian new year starts on 1st of Farvardin(based on solar year,calendar),21st of March.
The Persian New Year has been celebrated for at least 3,000 years. Its roots stretch back to Zoroastrianism, one of the world's oldest religions. While Norooz customs and traditions have evolved with time, the spirit of Norooz remains the same.
Zoroastrianism,this was the religion of Ancient Persia before the advent of Islam 1400 years ago. It is known as the mother religion in the area. The familiar concepts of Hell, Heaven, Resurrection, coming of the Messiah, individual and last judgment were for the first time incorporated into this belief system. They still exist in Judo-Christian and Islamic traditions.
Modern Iranians celebrate New Year for 13 days only. The first few days are spent visiting older members of the family other relatives and friends. Gifts are exchanged; sweets and feasts will be consumed. At the last day, the 13th of the first month, all people will leave their homes to go to the parks or rural areas to spend a day in nature.
A few weeks before the New Year, Iranians clean and rearrange their homes. They make new clothes, bake pastries and germinate seeds as sign of renewal. Of course, greenery and flowers appear during the Norooz, especially the hyacinth or "sonbol."
A special cover is spread on to the Persian carpet or on a table in every Persian household. This ceremonial table is called ?cloth of seven dishes, (Haft Seen) each one beginning with the Persian letter "cinn" (-- or s). The number seven has been sacred in Iran since the ancient times, and the seven dishes stand for the seven angelic heralds of life-- rebirth, health, happiness, prosperity, joy, patience, and beauty.
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Traditional Qashqai wedding celebration

The Qashqai are a Turkish-speaking tribe of pastoral nomads in southern Iran. They migrate between winter pastures near the Persian Gulf and summer pastures on the Iranian Plateau.
One thing is for sure: the Qashqai-nomads take the wedding seriously. Sometimes it runs for 4 - 5 days which is usual for other nomad tribes too. They arrange separate dances for both men and women.

The parents find the marriage partner to their sons and daughters. They make a deal with the other partners parents. Usually they marry with someone within the group. Before the finale decision is made the parents or represents for their parents sit in a tent together with a Mullah to discuss the marriage. This time there was no doubt: all were agreed about the marriage and the atmosphere was great.

Their dance is called the Halay-dance and its something for itself. After the men had made up their mind about the marriage, and the Mullah had blessed the couple, the wedding celebration started. Dressed up in beautiful costumes.The Qashqai-women danced the Halay-dance so beautiful that they looked like angels from heaven.

Golestan Palace in Tehran

A short history of the Golestan Palace

The oldest of the historic monuments in Tehran, the Golestan Palace (Palace of Flowers) belongs to a group of royal buildings that were once enclosed within the mud-thatched walls of Tehran?s Historic Arg (citadel).

The Arg was built during the reign of Tahmasb I (r. 1524-1576) of the Safavie dynasty (1502-1736), and was later renovated by Karim Khan Zand (r. 1750-1779). Agha Mohamd Khan Qajar (1742-1797) chose Tehran as his capital. The Arg became the site of the Qajar (1794-1925).Court and Golestan Palace became the official residence of the royal family.

During the Pahlavi era (1925-1979) Golestan Palace was used for formal royal receptions. The most important ceremonies to be held in the Palace during the Pahlavi era were the coronation of Reza Khan (r. 1925-1941) in Takht-e Marmar and the coronation of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (r. 1941-deposed 1979) in the Museum Hall.

In its present state, Golestan Palace is the result of roughly 400 years construction and renovations. The buildings at the contemporary location each have a unique history.

Beautiful nature of Iran

From the down of history environmental conditions and the rich variety of natural resources in the Iranian region made it possible for our ancestors to create great flourishing civilization . Our Iranian forefathers conceived of the earth as a mother , nature as sacred and the pollution of the environment as a sin.

National Parks in IRAN

Iran is a vast nation of great natural beauty and rich history. it has beautiful natural setting, a lively and interesting environment.
At present there are 10 National Parks & 41 Protected Region in Iran. The total area encompassed by these Protected areas is approximately 7.9 million hectares (about 19.75 million acres) about 4.8% of the total land area of the country.

Iran, an ancient history, more than 10000 years

Iran has a great and ancient history.Persepolis is one of the oldest palaces in Iran.
Persepolis (Old Persian Parse, modern Takht-e Jamshid): Greek name of one of the capitals of the ancient Achaemenid empire, founded by the great king Darius (522-486 BCE), forty-three kilometers downstream from the capital of Cyrus the Great, Pasargadae.
Cyrus the Great was the greatest kings of ancient Iran and his tomb is in Pasargadae, in Fars Province.

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    Aug 12, 2008 at 3:55 AM

    Birthday greetings from Houston, Texas. Ellsasha

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    Nov 21, 2007 at 12:12 AM

    dear Mohammad,you do good works,go ahead and wish you lucky!

  • traveloturc's Profile Photo
    Aug 22, 2007 at 10:41 PM

    Hi Mohammad,thanks a lot for your comments on my home page ,hope to see you sometimes ,somewhere in this part of the world...

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    Aug 12, 2007 at 1:31 AM

    Happy Bithday to you! Hope you have a wonderful day. And glad you are ok :) Love pattypoo

  • Jul 30, 2007 at 10:24 AM

    Thanks for the welcome. By the way , l am now in Tehran.

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    Jun 20, 2007 at 3:42 AM

    Salaam! Just returned from Tehran and had a great visit! All the best!

  • Feb 21, 2007 at 2:38 PM

    Really nice :) Don't mind people like gilabrand. She may see with her own eyes that Iran is not the country they show in the media - it's a really beautiful country with an interesting history and (mostly) very polite people. Greetings from Germany

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    Feb 7, 2007 at 6:50 AM

    greetings from australia

  • vahiddavoodi's Profile Photo
    Jan 26, 2007 at 2:01 PM

    Hi Mohammad, Welcome to VT and hope to see more tips and pics from your experiences and journies.you begin very stable.are you living in Tehran?

  • grets's Profile Photo
    Dec 10, 2006 at 12:18 AM

    Hi Mohammad, thanks for your answer in the forum. I am going to Iran in April and want to dress appropriately. :-)

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