Mon Aug 20, 2012 1:19PM
Iranian Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance is to auction a photo collection of Iranian spreads for Iftar to raise funds for the quake-stricken people in Iran’s East Azarbaijan province. The collection of 35 pictures, selected from four previous festivals, is currently displayed in Tehran’s House of Photographers Gallery. The photos taken by 26 photographers mainly showcase various Iranian traditions according to fast-breaking dinner (Iftar) among different ethnic groups in the country as well as the customs in other Islamic countries of Qatar, Lebanon, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. Iftar is the evening meal (right after sunset time) with which Muslims break their fast during the holy month of Ramadan. Organized by Farhang Film Company, Tehran’s Eyvan Gallery also held a one-day photo exhibition few days ago to raise funds for the people of quake-hit area. On August 11, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck the city of Ahar, near the provincial capital Tabriz, at 15:53 local time (1123 GMT). The quake struck 60 kilometers (37 miles) northeast of Tabriz at a depth of 9.9 kilometers (6.2 miles). Another quake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale jolted Varzaqan and Haris districts, which are located near Ahar, 11 minutes later at a similar depth. The epicenter of the quake was 49 kilometers (30 miles) northeast of Tabriz. Twelve villages in Varzaqan have been completely destroyed by the earthquake and about 60 others have been partially destroyed. Thousands of people were forced to remain outdoors as at least 20 aftershocks rocked the area. FGP/PKH