Mashad (IP) - The Minister of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts of Iran, referring to the importance of the global registration of Miniature said that the Mehregan would be registered in UNESCO list next Iranian year(starting on March 21).

Iran PressIran News: Iran’s Minister of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts (CHHTO) Ali Asghar Mounesan in an exclusive interview with Iran Press in Mashad on Saturday said that one of the Cultural Heritage Ministry's tasks, in addition to registering tangible heritage, is to register intangible heritage such as historical monuments.

This year, the Cultural Heritage ministry managed to register two other intangible heritages, one Miniature and the other one is the religious ceremony of St. Thaddeus Church (Qara Kelisa), which is important for Armenians living in Iran, Mounesan said.

The Iranian Minister of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts noted that the registration shows that Iran respects all religions and protects recognised religions' heritage.

Mehregan celebration, which falls on the 196th day of the Iranian calendar year that usually equals to October 2 in the Gregorian calendar, brings together clusters of Iranian Zoroastrians to hold reunions in celebration of Mithra, an ancient goddess of friendship, affection and love.

Also, to observe St. Thaddeus rituals, Hundreds of Christian worshippers from Iran, Armenia and other countries head for St. Thaddeus to observe the annual ritual and pilgrimage in the northwestern church in the late June.

Qareh Klise (“the Black Church”), is one of the oldest surviving Christian monuments in Iran and is located in West Azarbaijan province, some 20 kilometres form Maku, adjacent to the borders of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkey.


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