Karaftoo

is the name of a magnificient cave in Kurdestan one of the western provinces of Iran.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Let's laugh(or better to cry)

Did you khow that whenever men say:

1.Oh my darling ,don't you want me to help you cook the dinner?
( it means that) where is the dinner,I am so hungry.

2.Oh,how much you work sit and have a rest!
( it meams that)oh,turn off that damn vacume cleaner.I want watch the soccer match!

3.Me and my wife cooperate in house work,
( it means that) I shamble every thing and my poor wife clean them.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Here is some Iranian beautiful paintings.watch & enjoy:

as you can see the subjects
of painting is about beaty of
nature and every day life.


the most practical elements in traditional iranian paintings are birds and flowers

hello friends,

I have something to say:

At first i have two questions:
1.What are the arts of living in your opinion?
2.Have you ever heard the name of Edoardo Anielly?

The second point is that I wanted to share some very intresting findings obout holy Quran,but I understand that one of my dear friends wants to put t6hem in her blog.so you can visit her blog and think about what you see!!!!

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

The Iranian government versus the US government: which is the menace?!!

Dear friends, I want to mention some thing before reading my article. Please do not accuse me on plagiarism. You know what; I just thought such important subject needs documented evidence from different sources. This article is a collection of information of different sites; I just choose and somehow rewrite them.

“They re already sitting on an awful lot of oil and gas, why would they need nuclear as well to generate energy?” said Dick Cheney, US vice president.
http://en.wikepedia.org/wiki/iran’s-nuclear-program
Good question! Why a major oil producer as Iran needs nuclear energy? Cheney maintained that Iran’s plans to build a civilian nuclear energy industry are motivated more by the aim of acquiring the capability of producing nuclear weapons than of providing for future energy needs. But Iranian government tens of times has announced that they’re getting to use peaceful nuclear power and by cooperating with the IAEA, since the enrichment activities, Iranian have recommenced are not in violation with Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and in this way they have responded to Americans accusations.
By reviewing Cheney’s question on Iran’s nuclear energy some points can come out:
If Cheney’s claim on Iran’s activities of producing nuclear power would be correct then so what? If it is correct Iran’s plans to build nuclear weapons are understandable. It is hardly a secret that Iran is prized for its oil and strategic proximity to Russia and china, the US competitors. They skim the profits in absence of US rival. Russia for example is building$ 800 million nuclear plans in southern part of Iran. Some of Chinese largest companies have made lucrative deals with Iran to improve the countries ballistic missiles. That’s money but US is not going to cooperate. On the other hand, Iran is located in strategic region of Middle East where it is surrounded by the US occupied countries, military like Iraq and Afghanistan and politically like India and Pakistan.
Another point is that Islamic Republic of Iran has remained outside of the US control after the ouster of Shah in 1979. In the days of Shah, the US junior partner in abetting its imperialist aims. Back then Giant Corporation, led by Westinghouse, was poised to take a lead role in making over Iran into a major user of nuclear energy. (
www.trinicenter.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=1023 )
But suddenly and at the moment of Iranian revolution every thing changed and the
So called “best friend” or better to say colony of the US turned to be a dangerous country to US and even to the entire world, just because of the people of the country wanted to have an independent state.
The last point is that there are currently seven states that have successfully exploded nuclear weapons: 1- The USA, the only country which used nuclear weapons against other nations, during the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki until now. 2- Russia (formerly the Soviet Union) 3- the united kingdom 4- France 5- the people republic of china that are considered to be “nuclear weapons states”, an internationally recognized status conferred by the NPT. But the two non-signatory states of the NPT are India and Pakistan. Israel is also strongly suspected to have an arsenal of nuclear weapons and there have been reports that over 100 nuclear weapons might be in its inventory. None of these last three countries is a signatory to the NPT, but although Iran signed the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty and said its interest in nuclear technology including enrichment is for civilian purpose only (a right guaranteed under the Treaty) is accused by western nations specially US of attempting to develop the technology for weapon purpose, while there is no evidence for their accuse! This non evident accuse reminds me the US claim about having massive destructive weapons in Iraq and its expedition to Iraq and the following disasters.
I don’t know what the end of this scenario by US directory is but not only as an Iranian citizen but also as a free mind, warn to empire builders to give up the idea of aggression to other rights.




Is house work degrading?

The contrast between men and women about their rights has a long history behind it. There are different points making these kinds of struggles and house work is one of them.

Different groups have different opinions about house work, for example: radical feminists that are so extravagant believe that women should not marry men to be worry on having a child; they’d better marry women not to be worry. This group for sure, does not believe in house work. They believe while women can work outside like men and even better than them why they should waste their time in house by cleaning ,sweeping cooking and taking care of children. In their opinion house work is degrading.

There is another group with their own strict view about house work: men with traditional beliefs say that, it is the rule of the nature, men go working outside and women should stay inside, men should earn money but women should cook and clean the house.

In my opinion house work neither is degrading nor forced on women. I believe that men and women, because of the differences in their creation have different interests, abilities and talents. Men mostly do physical work because of their physical power, while women do works that needs more patients like: nursing or teaching. Because of their especial characteristic like being witty, delicate and elegant are experts in art work and decoration. House is one of the places that women are so powerful there. By house work women respond to some parts of their spiritual needs as a female. One of the most important parts of house work is taking care of children and besides all abilities and responsibilities either out or in the house, the most valuable and vital rule of a woman is to be a good mother, because god deposits his gift, love in the heart of a woman to devote her child . There is a magnificent Iranian proverb that depicts the importance of women in the house: a woman is the light of the house. It means that, a woman by the love and energy that devotes to her family makes the house a warm home.

Finally, I can say this is the matter of people’s choice and it depends on the person. Working at home would be as important and pleasant for one that working outside is for the other. Both of them are respectable.

Saturday, April 08, 2006




Hello all,
This year (1385) is named after the blessed name of "great prophet Muhammad"(peace be upon him).You know what, at the beggining of each year the leader of our country , Ayyatollah Khamenei names the year purposefully .For example last year was named the year for serving the public,with the purpose of investigating the needs of all people,this does not mean that in other years there was no serving,because the duty of governments obviously is providing services to their people,but by naming the year all the activities of diffrent offices would be based on helping people and there would be a especial supervision on all offices.
This year is blessed by our great prophet's name because of some impolitely and shamelessly caricatures that some of western magazines and newspapers published. This disgrace had such a great reaction in the Islam world that no one could even imagine.Ayatollah Khameneie named this year the year of profit Muhammad to show those countries that muslims never ever are indifferent towards their valuse and beliefs.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Dear bloggrs,

Recently, I watch the trilogy of "The Matrix". I am sure that almost all of you have seen the film. You know, what I had seen the film before but the point is that this time I had the chance to have the discussion of the two great Iranian critics, Dr Hasan Bolkhary and Mr Nader Taleb zadeh.after having their discussions I went in to the internet and searched a lot but I could not find the points that they mentioned. And now I want to ask you all dear bloggers that if you have any information or idea about the film, please honor me with your informations. Thanks


When I was swimming in the internet I found some interesting points about Haft sin 's table cloth.

Sofre-ye Haft-Sin (seven S' table cloths)

A few days prior to the New Year, a special cover is spread on to the Persian carpet or on a table in every Persian household. This ceremonial table iscalled cloth of seven dishes, (each one beginning with the Persian letter cinn). The number seven has been sacred in Iran since the ancient times, andthe seven dishes stand for the seven angelic heralds of life-rebirth, health, happiness, prosperity, joy, patience, and beauty. The symbolic dishes consist of:

1.Sabzeh or sprouts, usually wheat or lentil representing rebirth.

2.Samanu is a pudding in which common wheat sprouts are transformed and given new life as a sweet, creamy pudding and represents theultimate sophistication of Persian cooking.

3.Sib means apple and represents health and beauty.

4.Senjed the sweet, dry fruit of the Lotus tree, represents love.It has been said that when lotus tree is in full bloom, its fragrance and its fruit make people fall in love and become oblivious to all else.

5.Sir which is garlic in Persian, represents medicine.

6.Somaq sumac berries, represent the color of sunrise;with the appearance of the sun Good conquers Evil.

7.Serkeh or vinegar, represents age and patience.


Other elements can include:a few coins placed on the sofreh(table cloth) represent prosperity and wealth; a basket of painted eggs represents fertility; a Seville orange floating in a bowl of water represents the earth floating in space; a goldfish in a bowl represents life and the end of astral year-picas; a flask of rose water known for its magical cleansing power, is also included on the tablecloth; Nearby is a brazier for burning wild rue ,a sacred herb whose smoldering fumes ward off evil spirits; A pot of flowering hyacinth or narcissus is also set on the sofreh; A mirror which represents the images and reflections of Creation as we celebrate anew the ancient Persian traditions and beliefs that creationtook place on the first day of spring. On either side of the mirror are two candlesticks holding a flickering candle for each child in the family. The candles represent enlightenmentand happiness;

here is the address of the source site :http://www.farsinet.com/norooz/haftsinn1.html

Saturday, March 25, 2006



For those who do not know Norooz, it is the first day of Iranian year which takes place at the exact moment of spring equinox and has it's roots in Zoroastrian tradition. It starts on the 20th or 21st of March and the 1st day of Farvardin, the first month of Iranian calendar. Being the main and oldest ceremony in the country, Norooz has different customs which are basically the same but have some differences because of geographical and cultural variety in the country. Some of them are : Haftsin's(seven S ) table cloth, Tahvil's time(transition to the new year), Eidy(exchanging gifts) and Sizdahbedar(the 13th of Farvardin).In my province Mazandaran, like other provinces, Norooz ceremony starts with house cleaning. A few weeks before eve, people start cleaning and washing their rugs and sweeping their houses. They believe that by cleaning their houses they send off the winter and welcome the spring. They, before eve (1or 2 weeks) plant and grow lentil, pea and wheat and call it "Sabzeh" one of the sins (S) of the Haftsin's table cloth. People at the last Thursday of the year go to the graves and visit their dead dears. They take with themselves rose water, dates and sweet paste and give them to other to eat and pray for dead people. In Mazandaran, there were some people with their Surnas(a kind of traditional folk music instrument)that a few days before the starting of the new year ( saltahvil) would walk around alleys and would sing some song of coming of spring. They were called Norooz khan and people would give them things like candies, colorful eggs and cookies then singers would pray them to have a good year full of happiness and success. Nowadays all members of family sit around the Haftsin's table cloth and read Quran and usually read Hafiz. A few minutes before the starting of the new year (sal tahvil ) the great child of the family takes Quran and goes at the front door then at the exact moment of coming of the new year he/she enters in to the house, walk in the rooms and prays for the whole family to have a good year and after that all members of family hug and kiss each other. They present some gifts to each other that are called" Eidy". Like other parts of the country people in Mazandaran cook a special food with name" Sabzi polo" (rice with vegetables) with fish at the night of the eve that has its own story.

It will be continued...

Here is a poem by the great persian poet Hafiz about spring and its flowers:

Spring and all its flowers
now joyously break their vow of silence.
It is time for celebration, not for lying low;
You too - weed out those roots of sadness from your heart.


The Sabaa wind arrives;
and in deep resonance, the flower
passionately rips open its garments,
thrusting itself from itself.


The Way of Truth, learn from the clarity of water,
Learn freedom from the spreading grass.


Pay close attention to the artistry of the Sabaa wind,
that wafts in pollen from afar,
And ripples the beautiful tresses
of the fields of hyacinth flowers.


From the privacy of the harem, the virgin bud slips out,
revealing herself under the morning star,
branding your heart and your faith with beauty.


And frenzied bulbul flies madly out of the House of Sadness
to unite with the flowers;
its love-crazed cry like a thousand-trumpet blast.


Hafez says, and the experienced old ones concur:


All you really need
is to tell those Stories
of the Fair Ones and the Goblet of Wine.

Friday, March 24, 2006


Saholan, after Alisadr cave is the second water cave of Iran from the view point of importance and antiquity. It is the most interesting tourism attraction of West Azerbijan province. It is located on the 43 Km of eastern area of Mahabad, between Mahabad-Boukan roads near a village with the same name. This beautiful cave is a very glorious, magnificent and natural masterpiece, a very valuable gift which is dedicated from god to this region and its people. The point about this cave is that even thought the history of the cave date back to the second era of the geology, but it has not been named in any Iranian, Kurdish or Turkish books and Jaques de morgan, the famous French tourist, was the first on who mentioned to this cave in his book which was about the geography of west of Iran during 1890s. In 1970 a group of experts of Oxford University, well equipped, visited the cave and said that Saholan cave is one of the most wonderful water caves in the world.
Go to this adress to see some other photos of Saholan cave
http://www.parnian.malakut.org/