Every year, senior government officials and military commanders attend a special
ceremony at Tehran’s Mehrabad Airport in remembrance of the historical return of
Imam Khomeini from exile back in 1979.
Late founder of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini arrived in
Tehran from Paris at 9:33 a.m. on February 1, 1979, and led a nationwide
uprising that culminated in the victory of the Islamic Revolution ten days
An event is also usually held at the mausoleum of Imam Khomeini, south of Tehran, to pay tribute to the late leader.
Imam Khomeini had lived many years in exile, in Iraq and France, before returning home and leading a historical revolution that overthrew Pahlavi regime on February 11, 1979.
The 10-day period from the return of Imam Khomeini until the revolution’s victory is celebrated annually in Iran, and is known as the Ten-Day Fajr (Dawn).