Thursday, 23 May, 2019

Iranians celebrate first Eid al-Fitr after nuclear deal


For Muslims all around the world, the end of Ramadan marks the beginning of the Eid al-Fitr festivities.

But for Iranian Muslims - for whom Eid begins on Saturday, rather than Friday as in the case of its Persian Gulf neighbors - this year’s closure of the Islamic holy month coincides with the signing of the historic deal between Tehran and world powers, making the Eid al-Fitr celebration in the Islamic Republic an extra special event.

“This year’s Eid is very meaningful and it is the first of its kind for Iranians who finally got rid of an ominous file that has been a burden for years,” Iranian affairs expert Hassan Hashemian told.

“The celebrations will be different and more important than any other festivities we’ve seen in the previous years as the [nuclear] file is now closed,” Hashemian said, describing the file as a “burden for Iran at “all levels.”

“It is the beginning of a new era in the Islamic Republic” he said.

On Tuesday, Iran and major world powers - U.S., Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia - reached a historic nuclear deal, finishing more than a decade of negotiations, with an agreement that some analysts believe could transform the Middle East.

Under the deal, certain specified sanctions imposed by the United States, European Union and United Nations will be lifted over a number of months and years, in return for Iran agreeing to long-term curbs on its nuclear program that the West suspected was aimed at creating a nuclear bomb.

Iranians, who have lived under the highly restrictive sanctions for years, are hoping that the newly-clinched deal will rapidly revitalize the economy that has shrunk by about 25 percent since they were first applied, according to U.S. estimates.

Ali Noorzad, Chairman of the center for Iranian and Arabic studies in London, echoed Hashemian’s remarks, saying that the unique celebrations will be accompanied by the citizen’s “demands.”

“Iranians were going to celebrate Eid al-Fitr in all cases, but the signing of the deal a few days before the end of Ramadan gives the festivities a new dimension,” he said.

Rouhani congratulates Muslims on Eid al-Fitr

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has extended his felicitations to the heads of states and people of Muslim countries on the auspicious occasion of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

In a Friday message, Rouhani described Eid al-Fitr as the festival for returning to pure humane natures and paving the way to avoid any kind of violence and extremism.

He also expressed hope that with the increasing cooperation of all Islamic countries, sustainable peace and security would be established throughout the world, particularly among the Muslim ummah.

The Iranian president further wished all Muslims around the globe honor and happiness.

The fasting month of Ramadan - the ninth month on the Islamic calendar - ends in the celebration of Eid al-Fitr, which is one of the main Muslim holidays. On Eid al-Fitr, Muslims are encouraged to be especially generous and forgiving.

This year, the Eid is observed on Saturday in Iran and some other Islamic countries.

Zarif congratulates Muslim counterparts on Eid al-Fitr

Iran’s Javad Zarif has sent messages of felicitation to his counterparts in Muslim countries on Eid al-Fitr, the end of month of Ramadan in Islamic world.

The message expressed Zarif’s optimism and hope that post-Vienna deal era would definitely promote regional and international cooperation; “we entreaty to the heavenly throne to ordain security, welfare, and friendship for Muslim countries and protect them from the plights of sectarian violence and extremism,” Zarif wrote in the message.

“I appreciate all your kind congratulatory messages for successful ending of 22 months of nuclear negotiations between Iran and 5+1 countries; it will definitely provide a unique opportunity to usher a new era of regional and international cooperation, where new bilateral and regional coalition would thrive,” concluded the message.

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