Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 70

Does World Heritage status harm cities?

We have all recently been hearing about the protests by Venice residents who came out in opposition of excessive tourism and in a recent article in the Guardian newspaper,  the story of Malaysia’s George Town was outlined.  The World Heritage … Continue reading

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

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The night of 22 to 23 August 1791, in Santo Domingo (today Haiti and the Dominican Republic) saw the beginning of the uprising that would play a crucial role in the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade. International Day for … Continue reading

Archaeologists uncover ancient trading network in Vietnam

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A team of archaeologists from ANU has uncovered a vast trading network which operated in Vietnam from around 4,500 years ago up until around 3,000 years ago. A new study shows a number of settlements along the Mekong Delta region … Continue reading

Mystery of 8,500-year-old copper-making event revealed through materials science

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An international team of archaeological scientists have put an end to the more than half-a-century old claim about the earliest copper smelting event at the Late Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük in central Turkey – one of the world’s Continue reading

International Youth Day

Posted on Aug. 12, 2017

The United Nations’ (UN) International Youth Day is celebrated on August 12 each year to recognize efforts of the world’s youth in enhancing global society. It also aims to promote ways to engage them in becoming more actively involved in … Continue reading

International Day of Friendship

The International Day of Friendship is a United Nations (UN) day that promotes the role that friendship plays in promoting peace in many cultures. It is observed on July 30 each year.   What Do People Do? To mark the … Continue reading

World Population Day

In 1989, the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme recommended that 11 July be observed by the international community as World Population Day, a day to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues. This year’s … Continue reading

International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers is a day to remember those who served in United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operations. They also honor the memory of people who died in the name of peace. Background The UN Truce Supervision … Continue reading

International Day Of Families

The International Day of Families, annually held on May 15, celebrates the importance of families and the work started during the International Year of Families.   International Day of Families promotes the importance of a healthy and well-balanced family.© Monakhova  Continue reading

International Jazz Day

Earlier this month, UNESCO announced that the sixth annual International Jazz Day, which will be celebrated worldwide on April 30, 2017 will be held in Havana, Cuba. The day will culminate with an All-Star Global Concert presented at the Gran Teatro … Continue reading

International Mother Earth Day

Posted on April 22, 2017


International Women’s Day (March 8)

Posted on March 8, 2017


International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Posted on February 1, 2017

Gender equality has always been a core issue for the United Nations. Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls will make a crucial contribution not only to economic development of the world, but to progress across all the … Continue reading →


International Holocaust Remembrance Day January 27

Posted on January 18, 2017

On January 27 each year, the United Nations (UN) remembers the Holocaust that affected many people of Jewish origin during World War II. This day is called the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. … Continue reading →


International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

Posted on November 29, 2016

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery is observed annually on December 2. Around the world 21 million women, men and children are forced into slavery.  The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery focuses on the eradication of slavery in … Continue reading →


International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Posted on November 21, 2016

Why This International Day? Violence against women is a human rights violation. Violence against women is a consequence of discrimination against women, in law and also in practice, and of persisting inequalities between men and women. Violence against women impacts … Continue reading →


International Day for Tolerance

Posted on November 11, 2016

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for Tolerance is annually observed on November 16 to educate people about the need for tolerance in society and to help them understand the negative effects of intolerance. The International Day for Tolerance educates … Continue reading →


International Day for Disaster Reduction

Posted on October 11, 2016

October 13th celebrated the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR). This date has been designated by the UN Assembly to promote a global culture of disaster reduction, including disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness. The International Day for Disaster Reduction aims … Continue reading →


International Day against Nuclear Tests

Posted on August 28, 2016

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day against Nuclear Tests brings public awareness and education about the effects of global nuclear weapon tests. The day aims to end nuclear testing and to promote peace and security. International Day Against Nuclear Tests … Continue reading →


International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

Posted on August 9, 2016

International Day of the World’s Indigenous People is observed on August 9 each year to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population. This event also recognizes the achievements and contributions that indigenous people make to improve world … Continue reading →


International Day of Friendship

Posted on July 27, 2016

The International Day of Friendship is a United Nations (UN) day that promotes the role that friendship plays in promoting peace in many cultures. It is observed on July 30 each year. Background In 2011, the UN proclaimed the International … Continue reading →


International Day of Cooperatives

Posted on June 28, 2016

International Day of Cooperatives The United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Cooperatives is observed on the first Saturday of July each year. Some of the day’s goals are to increase awareness on cooperatives, as well as strengthen and extend partnerships … Continue reading →


Happy Nowruz – March 20, 2016

Posted on March 18, 2016

Nowruz is first day of Spring and the beginning of the Iranian year.  Nowruz is celebrated on the day of the vernal equinox, on 21st March or the previous / following day depending on where it is celebrated.  Nowruz is celebrated and observed by Iranian people … Continue reading →


International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

Posted on February 3, 2016

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, 6 February.


2016 Calendar of Holocaust Remembrance Events

Posted on January 13, 2016

2016 Calendar of Holocaust Remembrance Events “The Holocaust and Human Dignity” The theme for the Holocaust remembrance and education activities in 2016, including the Holocaust Memorial Ceremony, is “The Holocaust and Human Dignity”. The theme links Holocaust remembrance with the founding … Continue reading →


nanotechnologyHeritage and Nanotechnology

It is not surprising that nanotechnology is radically transforming every part of our daily lives and world economies. One is being the conservation and restoration of cultural heritage and treasures. Cleaning and preservation of artworks is a complex and challenging task since a wide range of materials has been used to construct an art piece. Accordingly, applied methodologies must ensure maximum durability, chemical inertness, and compatibility with artefacts’ materials. Indeed, nanotechnology has offered unprecedented solutions for restoration of Renaissance masterpieces, old books, wall paintings and frescoes and other objects.

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International literacy Day 2014

literacy_dayThe theme of International Literacy Day 2014 is “Literacy and Sustainable Development”.  Literacy is one of the key elements needed to promote sustainable development, as it empowers people so that they can make the right decisions in the areas of economic growth, social development and environmental integration. – See more at:


International Day of Charity 2014

charity_dayCharity contributes to the promotion of dialogue, solidarity and mutual understanding ‎among people.‎

Poverty persists in all countries of the world, ‎regardless of their economic, social and cultural situation, particularly in developing countries.

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World Book and Copyright Day 2014

Book DayThe history of the written word is the history of humanity.

The power of books to advance individual fulfilment and to create social change is unequalled. Intimate and yet deeply social, books provide far-reaching forms of dialogue between individuals, within communities and across time.

20th Commemoration of the Rwanda Genocide

rwandaThe start date of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, 7 April, has been designated by the UN General Assembly as the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda. On or around that date, the UN is organizing or participating in commemorative events in many countries this year, including in Armenia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Colombia, Congo, Czech Republic, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Kenya, Madagascar, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia.

Cleaning Up for Schools – Clean Up Australia Day

 clean upSchools Clean Up Day inspires students to learn about their environment and contribute to their local community. It’s a day when students and teachers work together to clean up a site significant to them.

Sequencing King Richard III’s Genome

Richard_IIIAbout a year ago a team of archeologists from University of Leicester announced that they had discovered beneath an ordinary parking lot in the town of Leicester, bones that believed to belong to King Richard III. Now as reported by several news outlets, researchers at the University of Leicester, have announced that they are planning to sequence the King’s entire genome by using the DNA from his skeleton.

After finding the skeleton, the researchers used several evidences including the fact that the bones showed signs of scoliosis – the king had a hunched back as well as a raised right shoulder. In addition, carbon dating placed the bones somewhere between 1455 and 1540 (Richard died in 1485), and a DNA test showed that the skeleton’s DNA was a perfect match to that of two known descendants. The archeologists believe that King Richard III experienced a very traumatic death since the skeleton showed several wounds including to the head.

Archeologists and geneticist who will be working with the team are hoping that sequencing DNA from the skeleton can reveal more information about the monarch including facial features like eye colors. In addition, researchers can obtain more information about the genetics of the monarch.

Students from Eleven Countries Recognized by UNESCO

title_01Three-hundred thousand children from all over the world took part in a contest which requires children to keep a text and picture diary illustrating their contribution to the preservation of the environment and of World Heritage sites. The contest which is titled Panasonic Eco Picture Diary award is part of a longstanding partnership between Panasonic Company and UNESCO’s World Heritage Center helping to raise awareness among the public about the need to ensure the protection of world national heritage and environment.

Twenty eight children were selected as the finalists and were given a three-day trip to Paris and a visit to UNESCO for their participation in the Eco Picture Diary on December 5th, 2013.

This is the third international award ceremony organized by Panasonic in the framework of the partnership with UNESCO’s World Heritage Center.

Erasmus Mundus Master in Archeological Materials Science

indexIf you are interested in a career combining science, social sciences, and archeology, and working on focusing the preservation of archeological artifacts and sites, this could be a great degree for you.

ARCHMAT is a 2-years Erasmus Mundus Master Course (120 European Credit Transfer Scheme – ECTS) within a consortium of 3 HEI (Evora-UE, Rome-UNIROMA1, Thessaloniki-AUTH) as full partners, 5 HEI (Avignon-UAPalermo-UNIPAZaragoza-UNIZAR-ICMAFez-UF and Rio de Janeiro-UERJ) and 3 non HEI Research centres  (Laboratorio Jose Figueiredo/Instituto dos Museus e da Conservacao-IMCScientific Laboratory Musei Vaticani-MVArchaeological Museum of AIANI) as associated members, providing students with specialized skills in archaeology and analytical charaterization of materials from prehistory (megalithic) to classical times (Greek and Roman).

The study and conservation of Cultural Heritage materials is a research area with a strong multidisciplinary connotation and requires skills that span across the Humanities and Science research fields. ARCHMAT provides a common, integrated platform for high quality students coming from different educational backgrounds (Science and Humanities) to understand the advanced scientific methods used to investigate archaeological materials and aims to form highly specialized professional experts in the emerging field of Archaeometry, i.e.  Physical Sciences applied to the study of Archaeological and Cultural Heritage materials.

For more information and/or to apply for this degree program, you can visit:

We thank Professor Nick Schiavon, University of Evora, Portugal and the Coordinator for ARCHMAT: ERASMUS MUNDUS Master in ARCHaeological MATerials Science for sending us information about this program.

Patrimonito: Teaching about World HeritagePatrimonito

Patrimonito means ‘small heritage’ in Spanish and the character represents a young heritage guardian. Patrimonito has been widely adopted as the international mascot of the World Heritage Education Program.

Patrimonito was created in 1995 by a group of Spanish-speaking students during a workshop at the 1st World Heritage Youth Forum held in Bergen, Norway. Students designed Patrimonito on the basis of the World Heritage Emblem which symbolizes the interdependence of cultural and natural sites: the central square is a form created by people and the circle represents nature, the two being intimately linked; the emblem is round like the world and at the same time a symbol of protection.

In 2002 a cartoon series entitled Patrimonito’s World Heritage Adventures was launched where Patrimonito introduces World Heritage sites, the threats they are facing and proposes solutions to preserve them. Storyboards were chosen following a competition among secondary school students to raise their awareness of the importance of World Heritage and their role in preserving it. The competition was organized by UNESCO on the occasion of the celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the World Heritage Convention in 2002. The selected storyboards are professionally animated and produced in CD-ROM format for global diffusion to schools and at World Heritage Youth events.

The cartoon films are based on storyboards made ‘by young people for young people’ and selected during a Patrimonito Storyboard Competition. They are proving to be useful teaching support materials. They are becoming popular at events held by UNESCO.

An Innovative New Way of Teaching Archeology

virtualProfessor Maurizio Forte of Duke University has managed to make archeology more interesting to many students who normally, perhaps, would not be taking archeology classes.  However, Forte’s new approach is now attracting new students with backgrounds in computer science, environmental sciences as well as arts and architecture.  Using satellite photos and high-tech imaging technology Forte and his class take a look at the remains of a Roman villa hidden below ground. Using this remote data, students are creating a virtual replica of the building.

Forte and his class work in an Immersive Virtual Environment facility where they can examine virtual ruins in Turkey, China, Italy and elsewhere. This way, they can virtually bring ancient civilizations back to life, and simulate them with an unusual level of detail and accuracy but at the same time making the distinction between re-creating the site/community and simulating it.  Forte and his students apply their knowledge of these ancient places and peoples while learning more about the design as well as how people lived.

Professor Forte believes that technology used in innovative ways can be a catalyst for new ideas and by combining the talents of people with different backgrounds and approaches it is possible to share knowledge and take a different approach to teaching archeology.

Archaeology’s Dirty Little Secrets

archaeologySue Alcock, Joukowsky Family Professor of Archaeology at Brown University is offering a course in Archeology on  This course builds on the student’s enthusiasm for archeology, while radically expanding common notions about just what archaeology is and just what archaeologists do.  Archaeology famously involves getting dirty in the line of duty.  Students will experience its hands-on nature, through the use of numerous exercises and archaeological case studies.

For more information or if you are interested in taking the course visit:


Interesting videos about Cultural and Natural Heritage:

Happy Chaharshanbe Souri 2016

Akılla bir konuşmam oldu (Album: İlk Şarkılar – Fazil Say)

Nowruz 1394

The paradox that is Persia: Abbas Milani at TEDxStanford

WCHV 2014 – Evident and Hidden Wars Against Cultural Heritage of Nations

WCHV 2014 – A Goddess in Danger

WCHV 2014 – Behind Such Beauty

Davos 2014 – Crystal Awards

Sun Dance: A Video by Lila Ghobadi

Dick Davis talks about bringing the poet Hafez to the West.

Neil MacGregor: 2600 years of history in one object.

Lost Worlds – Persepolis

TENCERE TAVA HAVASI (Sound of Pots and Pans) / Kardeş Türküler

CNN Segment with Christiane Amanpour on the Cyrus Cylinder

A Goddess in Danger 2014

anahitaA new video “A Goddess in Danger” was posted by WCHV 

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Behind Such Beauty 2014

beautyA new Video “Behind Such Beauty” was posted by WCHV

link here.

Davos 2014 – Crystal Awards

davosNew video about the Davos 2014 Crystal Awards has been posted 

link here.

Forbidden Sun Dance:  A Video by Lila Ghobady

Lila ghobadiForbidden Sun Dance, a video by  Lila Ghobady, an exiled Iranian writer-journalist and documentary filmmaker. It tells the story of Ms. Aram Bayat and  her political exile from Iran.  It documents her desire to preserve the tradition of Persian dance.   Watch  the video here 



Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of the International Day of Nowruz, 21 March 2014

nowruz_unescoCelebrated every year by millions of people from Western, Central and South Asia, the Balkans and other regions across the world, Nowruz bears a message of respect, mutual understanding and peace to all women and men.
Inscribed in 2009 on the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, Nowruz is a moment to celebrate the living traditions that provide meaning to reality and shape it for the good of all, by the making the most of humanity’s cultural diversity and by building new bridges of dialogue.

Nowruz reminds us of the power of culture and heritage as a force driving and enabling sustainable development and as a wellspring of knowledge and creativity. At a time when all societies are seeking new sources of dynamism, cultural heritage holds unique resources to craft solutions to old and new challenges in ways that are meaningful and inclusive. This is UNESCO’s message today, when countries are accelerating to meet the Millennium Development Goals by 2015 and the international community is shaping a new global sustainable development agenda to follow.

As an age-old tradition with strong cultural and natural components, Nowruz is a time for rejoicing with family, friends and community. It is also a celebration of renewal and harmony with nature. This message resonates powerfully across the world today, when many societies are undergoing deep transformation and the planet faces new pressures.

On this day of Nowruz, let us walk forward together, guided by the spirit of friendship, respect and mutual understanding. This is the strongest foundation on which to address global challenges, drawing on solidarity and understanding between all peoples.

Happy Nowruz to all!

Nowruz – New Year Celebration.

Newyear-poster-Nowruz2Nowruz is first day of Spring and the beginning of the Iranian year.  Nowruz is celebrated on the day of the vernal equinox , on 21st March or the previous / following day depending on where it is celebrated.  Nowruz is celebrated and observed by Iranian people as well as several other countries across Asia including Afghanistan, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Tajikistan and many more.   The new year starts at the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator and equalizes night and day or exactly when the Earth has completed one cycle around the Sun.

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Chahar Shanbeh Souri

4shanbe souri.3Last  Wednesday of the Iranian year (Nowruz) know as Chahar Shanbeh Souri, is celebrated in the evening of the last Tuesday of each year, Iranians celebrate a fire festival with its roots in the ancient customs and history of the country.

Jumping over a bonfire is the ritual of “Chahr-Shanbeh Souri” during the Persian celebration of  Nowruz, or the Persian New Year.  It signifies a time to say goodbye to the darkness of winter and welcome to the lightness of spring.

Bonfires are lit to “keep the sun alive” until early morning. The celebration usually starts in the evening, with people making bonfires in the streets and jumping over them singing “zardi-ye man az toh, sorkhi-ye toh az man”. The literal translation is, my yellow is yours, your red is mine. This is a purification rite. Loosely translated, this means you want the fire to take your pallor, sickness, and problems and in turn give you redness, warmth, and energy.

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Human Rights DayHuman Rights Day is celebrated on December 10, 2013. The date was chosen to honor the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption and proclamation on 10 December 1948, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the first global enunciation of human rights and one of the first major achievements of the new United Nations. 

Human Rights Day is normally marked both by high-level political conferences and meetings and by cultural events and exhibitions dealing with human rights issues. In addition, it is traditionally on 10 December that the five-yearly United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights and Nobel Peace Prize are awarded. Many governmental and nongovernmental organizations active in the human rights field also schedule special events to commemorate the day, as do many civil and social-cause organizations.


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Happy Yalda, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa. 

sarve-takhat-jamshid2The Yalda festival was a Mithraic celebration, which finds its origins among the earliest Iranians. But in 53 BCE, when Roman legions were unable to conquer Parthian Mithraists, they adopted Mithra the “Unconquered Sun” as their own military deity, and Yalda or “Yule” became an official celebration of the Roman Empire.



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Celebrating The Sade Festival

sade 2-world.chvSadé or Sada is the most important Iranian winter festival.  Sada also is a celebration to honor fire and to defeat the forces of darkness and cold.  Some of Iranians believe that the festival dates back to the time of Houshang, the first Kianid king who discovered how to light a fire.  Sade is a non-religious festivity and until the Iranian Revolution of 1979, Iranians openly and freely celebrated it in Iran.  However, at this time only Zorostarians are allowed to celebrate it freely.

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Espandgan, Women’s Day in Ancient Persia

Espandgan-wchvEspandgan is an Ancient Iranian Celebration to Honor Women & Mother Earth & The Oldest of Its Kind. A day to celebrate Love & Mother Earth devoted to women & mothers in ancient Iranian culture. spandgan is attributed to SPENTA ARMAITI or Spandarmad in the Middle Iranian language of Sassanid era (Pahlavi, 224-654 CE). The SPENTA ARMAITI in Persian Mythology was the divinity of devotion and unconditional love.

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1394 (2015) The Year of Omar Khayyam

khayam2Pasargad Heritage Foundation (PHF) was established a decade ago outside Iran with the aim of preserving Iranian cultural heritage. For the last nine years, on the advent of each Iranian New Year (which coincides with the beginning of spring), PHF designates a name for Continue Reading

Celebrating Nowruz at World Cultural Heritage Sites

Nowruz Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO

Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of the International Day of Nowruz, 21 March 2014 Celebrated every year by millions of people from Western, Central and South Asia, the Balkans and other regions across the … Continue reading →

Happy Nowruz, Dear Friends and Supporters
Dear Friends and Supporters, As the beginning of spring is fast approaching we once again reiterate our commitment to continue our efforts on behalf of preservation of World National Heritage. We believe that it is not only our duty to … Continue reading →

Nowruz 1393, The Year of Celebrating Iranian Festivities

Pasargad Heritage Foundation has named the Iranian New Year 1393 as the Year of Iranian Festivities. This is the ninth year that Pasargad Heritage Foundation (PHF) is suggesting naming the Iranian New Year which begins with Nowruz, the … Continue reading →

Images of Nowruz Celebration 2013
A collection of Nowruz images from different countries.  View Here –>

WCHV Exhibit Booth for Nowruz Festival at CSU Sacramento
World Cultural Heritage Voices Organization held an exhibit booth at Nowrouz Festival event on March 17th at California State University Union in Sacramento. The booth featured a real-size replica of Cyrus Cylinder and pictures of several of Iranian Cultural and … Continue reading →

Happy Nowruz
Nowruz Nowruz is first day of Spring and the beginning of the Iranian year. Nowruz is celebrated on the day of the vernal equinox, on 21st March or the previous / following day depending on where it is celebrated. Nowruz is celebrated and observed by Iranian … Continue reading →

2014 Persian New Year Festival & Fire Jumping | Berkeley

Jump over a bonfire (or watch others do it) in the ritual of “Chahr-Shanbeh Souri” as the Persian Center celebrates Nowruz, or Persian New Year to say goodbye to the darkness of winter and welcome the lightness of spring. 2014 … Continue reading →



Nowruz Award 2016 for Dr. Abdolmajid Arfaee
Posted on March 18, 2016

Dr. Abdolmajid Arfaee, is a unique expert of ancient languages of Akkad and Ilam and a researcher in the history of Ilam. He is one of the exceptional authorities and translators of cuneiform scripts in the world. Dr. Arfaee is … Continue reading →

Nowruz Award 2016 for Nikahang Kowsar
Posted on March 18, 2016

Mr. Nikahang Kowsar, an earthologist and environmental activist, is the Personality of the Year 2016, in the category of “Environment and Natural Heritage” for: – His invaluable efforts to promote and increase people’s knowledge of the environment and natural heritage … Continue reading →

Nowruz Award 2016 for Mohammad Ali Inanloo
Posted on March 18, 2016

The prize for the best filmmaker and artist of the year 2016, in the category of natural heritage and environment goes posthumously, to Mr. Mohammad Ali Inanloo who was an expert and producer of documentaries on environment and natural heritage … Continue reading →

Nowruz Award 2016 for Abangaan NGO
Posted on March 18, 2016

Abangaan NGO:   Mr Sam Khosravifard and Mr. Kambiz Ghafuri are the recipients of “The Nowruz Prize” for the best civil society of the year 2016, in the category of “Natural Heritage”, for their estamblishment of Abangaan NGO Continue reading →

Nowruz Award for Performing Arts 2015: Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam
Posted on March 18, 2015

Mr. Shahrokh Moshkin-Ghalam, Ballet dancer, choreographer, playwright and member of French National Theatre, receives Nowruz Award as the artist of the year due to: – His valuable endeavors in the past and especially during the last year, in introducing Iranian … Continue reading →

Nowruz Award for Natural Heritage 2015: Dideban-e-Hoghough-e-Heivanat (The Animal Rights Watch)
Posted on March 18, 2015

“Dideban-e-Hoghough-e-Heivanat” (The Animal Rights Watch), an Iranian non-governmental organization receives the Nowruz Award for the best N.G.O in the natural heritage category, for: – its continual and constant support of the rights of animals as an important part of the … Continue reading →

Nowruz Award for Intangible Heritage 2015: Ms. Gordafarid
Posted on March 18, 2015

Ms. Gordafarid, a narrator and storyteller of Shahnameh (“The Book of Kings” penned by Iranian poet, Ferdowsi, in 10th century A.D.), a researcher and an activist in the field of intangible heritage receives the Nowruz Award for the best personality … Continue reading →

Nowruz Award – Iranian Personality of the Year for Art & Culture 2014

aram-2Ms. Aram Bayat The personality of the year 2014, for the category of “Art & Culture” Aram bayat, a distinguished teacher, choreographer and dancer, has been recognized as the personality of the year in the category of of art and … Continue reading →

Nowruz Award – Personality of the Year for Natural Heritage 2014

akhani6Dr. Hossein Akhani The personality of the year 2014, for the category of “Environmental and Natural Heritage” Professor H. Akhani, a plant biologist, an ecologist and expert in the field of environment and biogeography, has been recognized as the personality … Continue reading →


Pasargad Foundation Awards “Personality of the Year” 2013
Posted on March 19, 2013

The Pasargad Heritage Foundation Presents: The Nowruz Award March 21, 2013. This press release has been published by the Pasargad Hertage Foundation to the Personalities of the Year for their vision and efforts to preserve the national, cultural, historical, and … Continue reading →

Art & Literature

The Road to Persiana: The Cyrus Cylinder 2013 U. S. Tour

Book by author A.J. Cave


The Road to Persiana: The Cyrus Cylinder 2013

U. S. Tour, is an informal look at the ground-breaking tour of the Cyrus Cylinder across 5 U.S. museums.  It is the first known declaration of Human Rights, issued by the emperor Cyrus II of Persia. In the 1970s, the Cyrus Cylinder has been described as the world’s first charter of human rights (Wikipedia).  The eBook download is available  by clicking here.


Persepolis at Sunset – Nowruz 2015

Photography by Iranian Artist Farzad Arian


Ancient Gate Discovered in Tel Ajori

Photography by Iranian Artist Hassan Zohari

Contributed to WCHV by A. Rezvan

Translated b WCHV

kashf-tazeie-hakhamaneshi16As reported by several media outlets last month (Nov 2014), excavations at Persepolis, have uncovered an ancient gate in Tale-Ajori. The joint Iranian-Italian expedition team has been exploring Tel Ajori or ‘brick mound’in Persepolis during October and November. During the recent excavations, a large gate was unearthed. Perspolis is a magnificent palace complex in Iran founded by Darius the Great around 518 BC. Even older than Persepolis itself, Tale-Ajori lies 3,500 meters outside the city and is believed that it is of great significance for understanding the Achaemenid Empire.

The expedition has been led by Alireza Askari Chaverdi Ph.D of Shiraz University and Prof. Pierfrancesco Callieri of Italian University of Bologna, and financed by provincial department of Iran Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO).

The researcher believe that most exciting findings of this excavation are 30 pieces of glazed bricks adorned with images of winged animals, incorporating mythic beasts of Elamite and Achaemenid eras in a style not unlike that of Mesopotamia and Susa in southwestern Iran. The entire outer surface and the great passageway under the gate opening are covered with the colorful glazed bricks.

The discovery of the new gate may shed new light on the role Tale-Ajori played within the ancient landscape.

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Gilan Villages

Photography by Iranian Artist Payam Jahangiry

Gilan Province is one of the 31 provinces of Iran. It lies along the Caspian Sea, just west of the province of Mazandaran, east of the province of Ardabil, north of the provinces of Zanjan and Qazvin. The northern part of the province is part of territory of South (Iranian) Talesh. At the center of the province is the main city of Rasht. Other towns in the province include Astara, Astaneh-e Ashrafiyyeh, Fuman, Lahijan, Langrud, Masooleh, Manjil, Rudbar, Roudsar, Shaft, Talesh, and Soumahe Sara.




Oct. 29th – Cyrus the Great Day

Articles, Links and Videos celebrating the creation of Cyrus The Great Day on Oct. 29th

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New articles celebrating Cyrus the Great Day on Oct. 29th can be viewed by clicking the photos above.  Also check out our Video Page.


Masal Heights in Gilan

Photography by Iranian Artist Payam Jahangiry

Gīlān is an Iranian province at the southwestern coast of the Caspian Sea.  During ancient Persian era, this area was a province known as Daylam. The Daylam region corresponds to the modern region of Gīlān.






Horses in Paradise

Photography by Iranian Artist Farzad Aryan

Yasuj is a city in and the capital of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province, Iran.  Yasuj is an industrial city in the Zagros Mountains of southwestern Iran. The term “Yasuj” is also used to refer to the entire region.  Yasuj has both a sugar processing plant and a coal-burning powerplant that generates electricity for the area.

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The Cyrus the Great Symphonic Suite Honors Cyrus Cylinder Visit

LorisOne of the most iconic objects from the ancient world, the Cyrus Cylinder is widely considered a symbol of multiculturalism, tolerance, and human rights. To honor the Cylinder’s visit to the city of San Francisco, Maestro Loris Tjeknavorian conducted The Cyrus the Great Symphonic Suite during its visit to the city.

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Don’t Cut Down My Beautiful Trees

By Touka Neyestani – Iranian Caricaturist

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