For Muslims all around the world, the end of Ramadan marks the beginning of the Eid al-Fitr festivities.
But for Iranian Muslims - for whom Eid begins on Saturday, rather than Friday as in the case of its Gulf neighbours - this year’s closure of the Islamic holy month coincides with the signing of the historic deal between Tehran and world powers, making the Eid al-Fitr celebration in the Islamic Republic an extra special event.
“This year’s Eid is very meaningful and it is the first of its kind for Iranians who finally got rid of an ominous file that has been a burden for years,” Iranian affairs expert Hassan Hashemian told Al Arabiya News.
“The celebrations will be different and more important than any other festivities we’ve seen in the previous years as the [nuclear] file is now closed,” Hashemian said, describing the file as a “burden for Iran at “all levels.”
“It is the beginning of a new era in the Islamic Republic… Iranians are relieved to be done with a file that was in the hands of [Supreme Leader Ayatollah] Ali Khamenei and other extremists,” he said.
On Tuesday, Iran and major world powers - U.S., Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia - reached a historic nuclear deal, finishing more than a decade of negotiations, with an agreement that some analysts believe could transform the Middle East.
Under the deal, certain specified sanctions imposed by the United States, European Union and United Nations will be lifted over a number of months and years, in return for Iran agreeing to long-term curbs on its nuclear program that the West suspected was aimed at creating a nuclear bomb.
Iranians, who have lived under the highly restrictive sanctions for years, are hoping that the newly-clinched deal will rapidly revitalize the economy that has shrunk by about 25 percent since they were first applied, according to U.S. estimates.
Ali Noorzad, Chairman of the center for Iranian and Arabic studies in London, echoed Hashemian’s remarks, saying that the unique celebrations will be accompanied by the citizen’s “demands.”
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