Iran Victory Day of the Iranian Revolution

Iran Victory Day of the Iranian Revolution

February 11
Few world events during the late 20th century were as pivotal as the Iranian Revolution of 1979, also known as the Islamic Revolution. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini overthrew Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, signaling the end of a 2,500-year era in which autocratic monarchs ruled Iran, formerly Persia. It also marked the rise of Islamic fundamentalism during those years. Iranians celebrate the coup's anniversary and also commemorate the 10 days that led up to Victory Day.
On February 1, 1979, Khomeini returned to Iran to claim power after spending 15 years in exile. To memorialize the historic moment, a helicopter drops flowers on the ayatollah's tomb, in the Behesht-e Zahra cemetery south of the capital city of Tehran. Then, for the next 10 days, people attend film screenings, music performances, and exhibitions inspired by the revolution.
The celebration on February 11, known as the "Dawn of God" (Yaum Allah), usually entails a mass rally and military parade in Tehran.
CONTACTS:
Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Imam Khomeini Sq.
Tehran, Iran
SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, p. 25
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