Unlike previous years, this year’s ceremonies will be remembered differently as people from all walks of society took part in the national event holding drive-in rallies to respect social distancing and health protocols to avoid spread of the deadly virus.
The victory anniversary of the Islamic Revolution would usually be marked each year by holding nationwide celebrations for ten days, dubbed the Daheye Fajr or Ten-Day Dawn. It starts on Bahman 12, the day when the Founder of the Islamic Republic the late Imam Khomeini returned from exile in 1979 and ends on Bahman 22 the day of the victory of the Islamic Revolution which toppled the US-backed Pahlavi regime.
In previous years, military parades and speeches of senior officials were part of the ceremonies of the last day of the 10-day celebrations of the Islamic Revolution anniversary. However, the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution has issued a communique encouraging Iranians to take part in this year’s march virtually or by their vehicles.
The celebrations began in the capital, Tehran, and other cities at 10:00 a.m. local time (0630 GMT) with the participants driving their cars, motorcycles and bicycles.
The vehicles were decorated with slogans as well as the images of Imam Khomeini, the late founder of the Islamic Republic, and Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, the top Iranian anti-terror commander, who was assassinated by the US, last year.
More than 6,000 Iranian and some 200 foreign journalists, photographers and cameramen are covering the event.
During the processions in Tehran, ballistic missiles belonging to Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), namely Zolfaqar-e Basir, Qiam and Dezful, were also put on display at the iconic Azadi (Freedom) Square, in a show of power.
Deputy Chairman of the Council for the Coordination of Islamic Propagation Nosratollah Lotfi said those who decorate their cars in the best way will be rewarded.
There have been some symbolic moves, including hoisting one flag on every house and decorating cars with flags, he added.
Each year, millions of Iranians would celebrate the Islamic Revolution anniversary by staging massive rallies nationwide while hundreds of foreign journalists covered the national event.
IRNA, Press TV contributed to this story.