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  • Jel Jalani ritual 2018-01-18 09:49

    Colorful Iran:

    Jel-Jalani firework ritual

    Villagers in Tameh village, near Natanz city in central Iran, performed a firework ritual called Jel-Jalani on January 7, 8 and 9.

  • colorful iran 2018-01-08 19:56

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    Gahvareh-bandan ritual in Gilan

    Gahvareh-bandan ritual is held on the tenth day after the birth of a baby in Gilan province, northern Iran.

  • atashuni 2018-01-04 11:10

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    Atashuni ritual in Khorasan

    In the past, people who lived in Khorasan Razavi province, northeastern Iran, performed Atashuni ritual during cold nights of winter.

  • Bil-Gardani ritual in Mahallat 2018-01-02 10:18

    Colorful Iran: Bil-Gardani ritual in Mahallat

    TEHRAN – People in Mahallat city, central province of Markazi, hold Bil-Gardani ritual in early spring.

  • Rugoshun ritual 2017-12-31 11:04

    Colorful Iran: Rugoshun ritual in Isfahan

    On the 27th day of the holy month of Ramadan, the family of newly engaged boy in Dastgerd city, Isfahan province, carry gifts in five big trays to girl’s home.

  • colorful iran 2017-12-26 21:29

    Naqsh-e henna ritual in Hormozgan

    Women in the southern province of Hormozgan adorn their hands and feet with henna designs known as ‘naqsh-e henna’.

  • HAFT FATEMEH RITUAL 2017-12-24 20:51


    Haft Fatemeh ritual in Khorasan

    The rain-seeking ritual ‘Haft Fatemeh’, which literally means ‘seven Fatemehs’ is traditionally performed in villages in Khorasan Razavi Province.

  • ghuch-gozar 2017-12-19 05:33

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    Quch-gozar ritual in Khorasan Razavi

    In mid-summer, nomads in Khorasan Razavi Province, northeastern Iran, hold Quch-gozar ritual.

  • chelleh sho 2017-12-18 15:54

    Colorful Iran: Chelleh Sho in Mazandaran

    Like other Iranians, people living in the northern Mazandaran province celebrate Yalda Night - the longest night of the year on the last eve of autumn - in a gathering called Chelleh Sho in local language.

  • Aq Aash ritual 2017-12-14 08:40


    Turkmen’s Aq Aash ritual

    Turkmen who live in northeastern Iran hold Aq Aash celebration for those who turn 63 in the month of Rabi’ al-awwal, the third month in the Islamic calendar.

  • colorful iran 2017-12-12 10:44

    Colorful Iran: Palm tree planting ritual in Bushehr

    TEHRAN – In the southern province of Bushehr, local people plant palm trees during a special ritual.

  • pir-e shaliar 2017-12-09 10:56


    Colorful Iran: Pir-e Shaliar ritual in Kordestan

    The Pir-e Shaliar ritual is annually held in Uramantakht village, western Kordestan province, from January 21 to February 19.

  • ga griv 2017-12-05 15:49

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    ‘Ga griv’ by Bakhtiari nomads

    Ga griv, which literally means weeping, is a kind of elegy recited by Bakhtiari nomads, a southwestern Iranian tribe, and a subgroup of the Lors.

  • six-day baby celebration 2017-12-03 12:48


    Six-day baby celebration

    TEHRAN – A special ceremony is traditionally held by families in different parts of South Khorasan Province, eastern Iran, just six days after the birth of a baby.

  • SURTAN RITUAL 2017-11-30 15:08


    Colorful Iran: Surtan ritual for bride and groom

    In northern Mazandaran Province, neighbors and relatives of bride and groom hold Surtan ritual the night before wedding ceremony.

  • marmeh ritual 2017-11-28 19:22

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    Marmeh ritual in Mazandaran

    On the first day of each month, people in northern Mazandaran province perform Marmeh ritual.According to the ritual, each family asks an auspicious person to knock on their door and enter their home. They believe that it brings happiness and luck for them through the month.

  • Kafchalzi 2017-11-25 20:24

    Colorful Iran: Ladle tapping ritual in South Khorasan

    TEHRAN – Kafchalzi, which literally means ladle tapping, is a traditional ritual performed by women in South Khorasan province, eastern Iran.

  • Hiloo Zarna in Bushehr 2017-11-22 20:02

    Colorful Iran: Hiloo Zarna in Bushehr

    When someone leaves hometown in the southern province of Bushehr to attend Hajj pilgrimage, family members perform Hiloo Zarna ritual until he/she comes back home.

  • MARZAVAN 2017-11-21 11:52


    Colorful Iran: Marzavan ritual in Kordestan

    Marzavan is a healing ritual, which is still being held in Havar village, near Kamyaran city in western Kordestan province.

  • Prophet Khidr ritual 2017-11-14 11:38

    Colorful Iran: Prophet Khidr ritual in Ardebil Province

    People in northwestern Ardebil Province traditionally commemorate Prophet Khidr during a ritual on a Friday in mid-winter.

  • harvest festival in Zanjan 2017-11-12 10:29

    Colorful Iran: harvest festival in Zanjan

    Halla celebration, a harvest festival, is held annually in early autumn in Anguran region, northwestern province of Zanjan.

  • turkmen woman 2017-11-04 20:04

    Colorful Iran: Turkmen lullaby ‘hudikhani’

    Turkmen mothers chant hudikhani - a series of folk lyrics - for their babies. Hudi, which literally means God saying in Persian, is couplets narrating folk and religious stories in rhythm.