Iran on Sunday celebrated the 30th anniversary of the 1979 revolution by paying tribute to the late supreme leader and architect of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
"The revolution is lively and alive after 30 years," President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said at a ceremony marking the anniversary of the return from exile of the father of the revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
"We are still at the beginning of the path and greater changes are ahead. This thunderous revolution will continue until justice is implemented," the president said.
"Although the Islamic revolution happened in Iran it is not limited to Iranian borders." Crowds chanted "Death to America! Death to Israel!" at the ceremony at Khomeini's mausoleum in southern Tehran also attended by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, government ministers and military commanders.
Each year, to mark Khomeini's return after 15 years in exile, all schools, trains and boats ring their bells at precisely 9:33 am, the moment his plane touched down on February 1, 1979.
This year his return is being marked on January 31 because it is a leap year in the Iranian calendar.
This year's celebrations come barely four months before a presidential election in Iran, with Ahmadinejad seeking re-election for another four-year term.
The celebrations will culminate February 10 with state-organized rallies throughout the country and a speech by Ahmadinejad in Tehran's Azadi Square.
AgenciesLast Mod: 01 Şubat 2009, 18:18