Wednesday, March 22, 2006

The year 1385* will be named the year of Pasargad

Iran Press News: Translation by Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi.
At the suggestion of UNESCO's International Committee of Cultural Heritage Sites, the year 1385* will be "The Year of Pasargad".

Since the fields surrounding Pasargad have been recognized as the birthplace for the concept of human rights and the first capitol of Persia and the commencement of Persian historical age. READ MORE

Since the fields of Pasargad has been recognized as one of the most important national and historical treasures of man, now it has a living and undeniable presence.
Though international efforts have been made to preserve and protect this paragon of civilization, there are still domineering forces that threaten these commitments.

We request that Iranians everywhere, friends of Iran and all those who are devoted to the preservation of historical masterpieces assist the International Committee to Save the Archeological Sites of Pasargad.

Happy New Year, the year of Pasargad.

*The Iranian calendar (also known as the Jalaali Calendar) is a solar calendar currently used in Iran and Afghanistan. It is observation-based, rather than rule-based, beginning each year on the vernal equinox as precisely determined by astronomical observations from Tehran. The Iranian calendar was legally adopted by the Persian Parliament on March 31st, 1925, specifying the adaptation of the calendar from its Zoroastrian origins to the numbering of the year which is representative of the year of Mohammad’s migration from Mecca to Media in 622 CE; the Zoroastrian origins of this is a celebration of the first day of spring, that the year is the “true solar” year “as it has been”, and specifying the month names and the number of days in each month. ON March 21st the year 1384 will officially end and 1385 will begin.