Millennia-old Qalishuyan ritual observed in central Iran

October 8, 2017

TEHRAN – Millennia-old Qalishuyan ritual which has passed down from generations to generations was enormously observed on Friday by hundreds of faithful Shia Muslims who came together in Khaveh village of Mashhad-e Ardehal near Kashan, central Iran.

The religious ritual was inscribed on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2012. It takes place on the nearest Friday to the seventeenth day of the seventh Iranian calendar month of Mehr, started Sep. 23.

The ritual is practiced to honor the memory of Soltan Ali, a holy figure among the people of Kashan, Fin and their nearby cities and villages.

According to legend, he was martyred, and his body found and carried in a carpet to a stream, where it was washed and buried by the people of Fin and Khaveh. The mausoleum of Soltan Ali is the site of a ritual where a carpet is washed in the holy stream by a huge gathering.

In the morning, people of Khaveh gather at the mausoleum in order to sprinkle rosewater on the carpet. Having completed the wrapping rituals, they deliver it to the people of Fin outside, who rinse the carpet in running water, and sprinkle rosewater drops with neatly cut and beautifully decorated wooden sticks.

An alluring destination, Kashan boasts a bunch of architectural wonders, an atmospheric covered bazaar, boutique hotels and a UNESCO-registered garden.

Many travelers opt to bypass the delightful oasis city that is sprawled on the edge of the Dasht-e Kavir on their journeys between Tehran and Isfahan provinces.

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