Sacred Defence Week

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The Sacred Defence Week, also translated as The Holy Defence Week (Persian: هفته دفاع مقدس‎) is an Iranian annual commemoration of the 1980–1988 Iran–Iraq War (often called "the Sacred Defence" in Iran). It is marked by military parades.[1][2] It is set by the Iranian calendar and begins on Shahrivar 31. [3]


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  2. ^ Ridgeon, Lloyd V.J. (2008). Iranian Intellectuals: 1997-2007. Routledge. pp. 91–92. ISBN 9780415443289. 
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