the city of Shahroud

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  • Working group proposed to ease UNESCO registration for Bastam complex 2020-12-31 00:50

    Working group proposed to ease UNESCO registration for Bastam complex

    TEHRAN – Semnan province is to form a working group to facilitate possible UNESCO registration of the historical complex of Bastam and Kharghan.

  • Muharram mourning rituals: Nakhlgardani in Shahroud 2020-09-01 18:07

    By  Seyed Hossein Hosseiniseddiq

    Muharram mourning rituals: Nakhlgardani in Shahroud

    Nakhlgardani or palm-carrying ritual is the carrying of a huge wooden coffin and is a symbol of Muharram mourning in Iran. In the first decade of this month, the coffin, while covered with black and green cloth, is carried by numerous mourners due to its heavyweight. This structure is kept in Husseiniyehs (religious places) and mosques for the rest of the year.

  • Candle and Lamp Ceremony in Shahroud Tekiyehs during Muharram 2020-08-25 21:00

    By Seyed Hossein Hosseiniseddiq

    Candle and Lamp Ceremony in Shahroud Tekiyehs during Muharram

    Tekiyehs (prayer halls) of Bazaar, Golshan, Qaleh, Shariat, and especially Tekiyeh of Bid Abad, which is one of the old Tekiyehs of Shahroud, hold this traditional ceremony with special ceremonies. In this ritual, which begins minutes after sunset, the servants of these Tekiyehs, known as "watchmen", stand in a row in front of the Saqqakhaneh (A small indent in the wall overlooking some passages where water was poured for people to drink and had a kind of religious sanctity), which is called the lampstand. It is also common to play the trumpet to inform local servants during candle and lamp ceremonies. The custodian of the mosque and the elders also stand in front of the lighthouse, and the servants, who are on duty, line up in front of them.

  • A view of the Abr (“Cloud”) Forest near Shahroud 2020-06-01 18:41

    By Seyed Hossein Hosseiniseddiq

    Shahroud, the land of five climates

    Shahroud is the city of my ancestors and the summer city, where most of my childhood and adolescence summers were spent. A city where forests, mountains, and deserts meet. This feature has given the city a special tourist status, called the “small continent”. In this article, I will introduce some of the tourist attractions of this small continent.