TEHRAN, December 28 (Mehr News Agency) – On the occasion of the coming 2004 New Year, an exhibition of the New Year’s ceremonies of 20 countries, including Iran, was held in Athens, Greece.

In a report by the Public Relations Office of Islamic Culture and Relations Organization, Iran’s cultural attaché in Athens said that the traditions and ceremonies of Iran were highly acclaimed by the participants because of their diversity.

 

“The spread of the Haft Seen (seven items beginning with Persian letter ‘seen’) put on a tablecloth at the beginning of New Year, little red fish, a mirror, a candle, flowers, Iranian cookies, as well as the Holy Qur’an were the items on display at Iran’s stand,” added Seyyed Mohammadreza Darbandi. Each country also had 4-minutes to explain its New Year ceremony, he added.

 

Visitors were also offered a brochure printed in Greek describing different Iranian ceremonies in preparation for the New Year, as well as posters of ancient sites in Iran.

 

Iran, Italy, Spain, Japan, Portugal, Venezuela, Bulgaria, Poland, Cyprus, Ukraine, and Ethiopia were among the countries participating in the exhibition.

 

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