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1. Iranian women attend a ceremony to recite verses of the Quran, Islam’s holy book, during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan at the shrine of Saint Mohammad Helal Ibn Ali in the city of Aran and Bidgol, some 140 miles (225 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

2. Worshippers sit at the shrine of the Shiite Saint Abdulazim during Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan in Shahr-e-Ray, south of Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

3. Women attend an Iftar, the evening meal in which Muslims break their fast at the time of sunset, in the first day of Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan at the shrine of Shiite Saint Abdulazim during in Shahr-e-Ray, south of Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

4. Women perform their evening prayers, at the shrine of Shiite Saint Saleh during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan in northern Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

5. An Iranian man prays at Jame mosque of Tehran’s old main bazaar during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, Iran.(AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

6. Men and women recite verses from the Quran, Islam’s holy book, during a mass religious ceremony to mark the holy month of Ramadan at the shrine of Saint Mohammad Helal Ibn Ali in the city of Aran and Bidgol, Iran. (Morteza Nikoubazl/Zuma Press)

7. Preparing for iftar at Imam Reza holy shrine in Iranian city of Mashhad. (Alalam Photo x)

8. Iranian family break their fast with an Iftar meal outside Emamzadeh Saleh mosque in Tajrish square in northern Tehran during the holy month of Ramadaan. (AFP/Atta Kenare)

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[Imam Reza Shrine in Mashhad hosts Nowruz Festival]

Persian News Year’s Eve had historically been celebrated in shrines and mausoleums across the nation as an augury to a year of plenty; the most famous of these is shrine of Imam Reza in Mashhad, where thousands of the believers congregate in the shrine, March 21.