You remember that I post a photo from Vakil Abad Park and I told you that will post more about it.Today's photo shows Haj Hossein Agha Malek Statue who was one of the richest man in Mashhad. I do not know much about him, but he was the owner of our today's Vakil Abad Park. About 40 years ago, He was entailed the land of this park.
Sepandār mazgān is the celebration day of love and earth in ancient Iranian culture. This day is dedicated to Spenta Armaiti, Spandārmad in middle Persian, the middle Iranian language/ethnolect of Southwestern Iran that during Sassanid times (224-654 CE) became a prestige dialect and so came to be spoken in other regions as well. It is celebrated the 29Th of Bahman in Iranian calendar. Modern folklore dates the celebration to ancient times and Zoroastrian tradition.the original date for this ceremony is 5Th of Esfand, and a popular revised date of 29Th Bahman is due to the disorganized calendering during the past 20 years.
(Text is written according to wikipedia)
I am sorry that some Iranian people do not know anything about this event in their culture and celebrate the Valentine day (which is refer to another culture) instead of it.
The last time that I went there, she was still pregnant. I mean our dog which lives in our garden. Today morning we decided to go to garden and when we arrived…wow, my God! Am I seeing true?! 8 cute pups?! Yeah, it was true! The Watchman of garden fed them during our absence. He built a little house for the dog's family near his house to taking care of those puppies. Now we should think to choose 8 names!!!
Oh, I miss 2 of them in the photo!
Note: My new blog Diaries By An Architect is stared but it is still in Persian. I know that some of you visit it so I try to translate my posts in English at the same time, as soon as possible.Thank you for your attention my friends.
Finally I gave my last project of this semester. Excuse me for the few days' absence during that time. I had to render my sheets and make the sample of my designing, so I was working hard. Now I am so tired of that and need some days for break then I will start to post my photos from Mashhad again. You can see some parts of the project in the photo. Architectural Designin III was one of my memorable lessons that I could get the first score in the class. ;)
Mashhad (literally the place of martyrdom) is the second largest city in Iran and one of the holiest cities in the world. It is located close to the borders of Afghanistan and Turkmenistan. Its population is 2,868,350 people (2006).
Now Mashhad is notably known as the resting place of the Emam Reza. A shrine was later built there to commemorate the Emam, which in turn gave rise to increasing demographical development.
Today the holy shrine and its museum hold one of the most extensive cultural and artistic treasuries of Iran, in particular manuscript books and paintings. The second largest holy city in the world, Mashhad attracts more than 20 million tourists and pilgrims every year.
Long a center of secular as well as of religious learning, Mashhad has been a center for the arts and for the sciences. The large Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, named after the great Iranian poet, is located here.
Mashhad is also home to one of the oldest libraries of the Middle-East called the Central Library of Astan-e Quds Razavi with a history of over six centuries. The Astan-e Quds Razavi Museum, which is part of the Astan-e Quds Razavi Complex, is home to over 70,000 rare manuscripts from various historical eras. There are some six million historical documents in the foundation’s central library.
Apart from Emam Reza shrine there is a number of beautiful large parks, the tombs of historical celebrities in nearby Toos and Neyshabour, the tomb of Nader Shah and Kooh Sangi park and Mellat park that have modern attractions for children such as the biggest ferris wheel or fanfar in Iran and Koohestan park complex that includes a zoo, where many wild animals are kept and which attracts many visitors to Mashhad. Among the other sights are the tomb of the great poet Ferdowsi in Toos, 24 kilometers distance.