Iran Celebrates 40th Anniversary of 1979 Islamic Revolution

Published February 2nd, 2019 - 08:29 GMT

Thousands of Iranians gathered at the mausoleum of the Islamic republic's founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Tehran to launch celebrations for the 40th anniversary of its 1979 revolution.

As an army band played revolutionary anthems, the huge hall of the mausoleum was filled with people from all walks of life, amidst schoolchildren dressed in red, white and green of the Iranian flag.

On February 1 each year, Iran begins a 10-days celebrations to mark the anniversary of Khomeini return from exile after the pro-Western Shah was forced to leave Iran following widespread protests.

The celebrations culminate on February 11, marking the fall of the 2,500-year monarchy in Iran.

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Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini waves to a crowd of supporters gathered at the Behechte Zahra Cemetery in Tehran during his visit on the day of his return from France after 15 years of exile. GABRIEL DUVAL / AFP

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini waves to a crowd of supporters gathered at the Behechte Zahra Cemetery in Tehran during his visit on the day of his return from France after 15 years of exile. GABRIEL DUVAL / AFP

The tomb of Iran's late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini
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The tomb of Iran's late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini STR / AFP

Pilgrims visit the tomb of Iran's late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini
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Pilgrims visit the tomb of Iran's late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini STR / AFP

Iranian girls show their hands with a slogan reading in Farsi: "Ready to sacrifice my self for the leader" at the tomb of Iran's late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. STR / AFP

Iranian girls show their hands with a slogan reading in Farsi: "Ready to sacrifice my self for the leader" at the tomb of Iran's late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. STR / AFP

An Iranian girl holds a poster of Iran's late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. STR / AFP

An Iranian girl holds a poster of Iran's late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. STR / AFP

An Iranian woman holds a poster of Iran's late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini
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An Iranian woman holds a poster of Iran's late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini STR / AFP

An Iranian woman holds a poster of Iran's late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini
STR / AFP

An Iranian woman holds a poster of Iran's late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini STR / AFP

Iranian soldiers visit the tomb of Iran's late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini
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Iranian soldiers visit the tomb of Iran's late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini STR / AFP

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini waves to a crowd of supporters gathered at the Behechte Zahra Cemetery in Tehran during his visit on the day of his return from France after 15 years of exile. GABRIEL DUVAL / AFP
The tomb of Iran's late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini
STR / AFP
Pilgrims visit the tomb of Iran's late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini
STR / AFP
Iranian girls show their hands with a slogan reading in Farsi: "Ready to sacrifice my self for the leader" at the tomb of Iran's late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. STR / AFP
An Iranian girl holds a poster of Iran's late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. STR / AFP
An Iranian woman holds a poster of Iran's late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini
STR / AFP
An Iranian woman holds a poster of Iran's late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini
STR / AFP
Iranian soldiers visit the tomb of Iran's late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini
STR / AFP
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini waves to a crowd of supporters gathered at the Behechte Zahra Cemetery in Tehran during his visit on the day of his return from France after 15 years of exile. GABRIEL DUVAL / AFP
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini waves to a crowd of supporters gathered at the Behechte Zahra Cemetery in Tehran during his visit on the day of his return from France after 15 years of exile. GABRIEL DUVAL / AFP
The tomb of Iran's late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini
STR / AFP
The tomb of Iran's late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini STR / AFP
Pilgrims visit the tomb of Iran's late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini
STR / AFP
Pilgrims visit the tomb of Iran's late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini STR / AFP
Iranian girls show their hands with a slogan reading in Farsi: "Ready to sacrifice my self for the leader" at the tomb of Iran's late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. STR / AFP
Iranian girls show their hands with a slogan reading in Farsi: "Ready to sacrifice my self for the leader" at the tomb of Iran's late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. STR / AFP
An Iranian girl holds a poster of Iran's late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. STR / AFP
An Iranian girl holds a poster of Iran's late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. STR / AFP
An Iranian woman holds a poster of Iran's late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini
STR / AFP
An Iranian woman holds a poster of Iran's late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini STR / AFP
An Iranian woman holds a poster of Iran's late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini
STR / AFP
An Iranian woman holds a poster of Iran's late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini STR / AFP
Iranian soldiers visit the tomb of Iran's late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini
STR / AFP
Iranian soldiers visit the tomb of Iran's late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini STR / AFP