The first day of the ten-day long ceremonies coincides with the anniversary of return home of the Late Founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini from exile.
The arrival of the Late Imam in Iran on February 1, 1979 from his exile which last took him to Paris added new zeal to the uprising of the Iranian nation against the tyrant Pahlavi regime which culminated in the victory of the revolution just ten days later.
The nationwide ceremonies to commemorate the arrival started at 09:33 local time, marking the hour the Late Imam’s flight landed at Mehrabad Airport in Tehran.
Large groups of people from different walks of life, families of martyrs and officials gathered in the Late Imam’s mausoleum for the historic moment.
The route the Late Imam took from the airport to Behesht-e Zahra cemetery in southern Tehran, where he addressed a huge gathering of enthusiastic audience, was showered with flowers by Army helicopters.
Many similar ceremonies are underway all around the country to mark the occasion. The bell of Revolution was rung at over 100,000 schools nationwide.
According to officials, thousands of different programs across the country will mark the auspicious occasion of the victory of the 1979 Revolution. Many cultural and artistic events including the International Fajr Film Festival are also underway on the occasion.
In a special ceremony in the town of Khomeini, the birthplace of the late Imam, in the central province of Markazi, bells tolled marking his return anniversary.