Each year, from February 1st to February 11th, Iran celebrates its Islamic Revolution victory. Called Ten-Day Fajr (Dawn), the ceremony celebrates Iran’s notion of independence from Western influence. The Islamic Revolution refers to overthrown of Pahlavi regime under Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, and replacement of 2,500 years of monarchy with an Islamic Republic under the leadership of Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
February 1st coincides with the time the decedent Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, entered Iran from years of exile in Iraq, Turkey, and France in 1979. Imam Khomeini’s return, was a significant momentum for people who were protests against the US-backed Pahlavi regime.
Ten days later, on February 11th, the Pahlavi regime was overthrown. In these ten days, people celebrates the victory for the 39th time. Millions of people commemorate the event by holding nationwide rallies in the streets with placards and pictures of Imam Khomeini.
In Tehran people and high-ranking officials gather at the Tehran Mehrabad Airport and at the mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini, south of Tehran. In a special ceremony, people tribute to their powerful leader Imam Khomeini, who saved the country from the US-backed Pahlavi regime.
With his return from exile in 1979, Ayatollah Khomeini ended the 2,500 years of monarchy in the country. The Islamic Revolution was what people yearn for from a long time before. After 39 years, people from all walks of life still celebrates those victorious days.