0417 GMT July 17, 2019
In a message released on Tuesday, Ali Younesi described the Iranian culture as a culture which encourages peace, friendship, protection of environment and respecting the human rights, IRNA reported.
Peaceful co-existence of followers of various religions and the existing solidarity among various ethnic groups is exemplary for other nations, he added.
In his message which was released on the occasion of birthday of Zoroaster, also known as Khordad Sal, the cleric congratulated birthday of Zoroaster to the followers of this ancient religion.
Khordad Sal, which celebrates the birth anniversary of Zoroaster falls on the 6th day ([K]hordad) of the 1st month (Farvardin). In the seasonal calendar, Zoroaster's birth anniversary falls on March 26.
Khordad Sal is celebrated with cleaning homes, wearing new clothes and eating delicious meals. Jashan, or thanksgiving prayers, are offered to God. The festival is also an opportunity for the followers to review their lives and actions, and make resolutions for the future.