Middle Eastern country Iran is one of the oldest countries in the world with its civilisation going back centuries. The country was born as an Islamic republic in 1979 with a revolution led by cleric Ayatollah Khomeni.
Since then the event is commemorated every year in Iran with celebrations in the major cities and towns.
In Nairobi the event was celebrated at the home of the Iranian ambassador to Kenya Malek Hossein with attendance from many in the diplomatic community, Iranians and Kenyan nationals. They included UN officials Achim Steiner (Under-Secretary General) and Ambassador Amina Mohammed (Executive Director) and members of the African Diplomatic Corps led by current leader Zimbabwe High Commissioner Kelebert Nkomani.
Guests were treated to Iranian cuisine including dates, chicken, Persian rice and other delicacies.