Invitation

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Nowruz in the Persian language literally means "New Day". It is the new day that starts the Iranian New Year, traditionally it is celebrated at the moment of the vernal equinox or the astronomical beginning of spring. This exact second is called "Saal Tahvil". Nowruz with its uniquely Iranian characteristics has been celebrated for at least 3,000 years. One of the special traits of Iranians is that they integrate their national traditions with spirituality and the spirit of Islam and many opt to start Nowruz by attending Holy Shrines. The Holy Shrine of Imam Reza (A.S.), the 8th Shia Imam, is one of the most important cultural and religious centers of the Islamic world and the country, and each year millions of pilgrims go to the Imam's Shrine for the New Year. This magnificent congregation perfectly displays the integration of Islamic teachings in Iranian traditions. This documentary follows a young Iranian-Scandinavian journalist on her journey to the Holy Shrine. Shadi is keen to experience the Iranian New Year celebration in Imam Reza's Shrine. On her trip she sees the different features of the Holy Srine and soon learns that going on Imam Reza’s pilgrimage is a unique and indescribable experience. By talking to pilgrims who have come from far and wide, Shadi comes across the notion of "invitation" and learns about its vast scope of meaning. Finally the moment of Saal Tahvil comes and Shadi celebrates along with millions of other pilgrims in the peace and tranquility of Imam Reza's Shrine.

   

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