Iran marks National Persian Gulf Day

April 29, The Iran Project – Iranian people held nationwide celebrations to commemorate the National Persian Gulf Day, the anniversary of the victory over Portuguese troops during a war in Persian Gulf in 1622.

National Persian Gulf Day is an annual observance in Iran that was first suggested in January 2004 and approved by the government in July 2005. It is celebrated on April 29 throughout the county, especially in the coastal cities of the gulf.

April 29, which marks the anniversary of the expulsion of Portuguese military forces from the Strait of Hormuz in 1622, has been designated as the National Persian Gulf Day to highlight its historical identity.

The Persian Gulf is a mediterranean sea that lies between Iran and the Arabian Peninsula. Its name has been disputed for decades. Historically and internationally it is known as the Persian Gulf, but some Arab countries insist on using the wrong name Arab Gulf. Iran only uses the historical name because it refers to the Persian Empire, the predecessor of present-day Iran. Scholars believe attempts to change the name of the Persian Gulf is aimed at undermining Iran’s influence in the region.

The name Persian Gulf is actively promoted by the Persian Gulf Online Organization (PGO). In 2004, it offered the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance to establish a new observance dedicated to the Persian Gulf. A year and a half later, National Persian Gulf Day was officially created.

On Friday, museum of Persian Gulf Maps was inaugurated in Hormuz Island in a ceremony attended by Culture and Islamic Guidance Minister Ali Jannati concurrent with National Persian Gulf Day.

Also, a ceremony has been held in Tehran on  Thursday to deliberate on the importance of the strategic waterway and its significance for Iranians.