Dances are usually a celebration of life and its happy events, but apparently a version of Kurdish dance called Halparke has its roots in military affairs.
The 17th edition of a festival of local games was recently held in Javaher Dasht village in Gilan province, northern Iran.
The traditional ceremony of Nour Gavan, which literally means ‘the milk vetch on fire’, is held every July in the village of Neva, 12 km from Gazanak, between Amol in Mazandaran province and Tehran.
Nowruz-e Sayyad, meaning the Fishermen’s New Year, is one of the oldest traditions of people in Qeshm Island, southern Iran, which dates back to more than six hundred years ago.
One of the oldest and strangest traditions in Iran was to hold wedding ceremonies between widows and underground water tunnels called qanats.
Ancient Zoroastrians believed the dead body should be put in particular structures to be feasted upon by birds of prey, because the burial or burning of the corpses would cause water and soil to become dirty, which is forbidden in the ancient religion.
The Coppersmiths’ Bazaar in the city of Yazd in central Iran has remained the hub of copperware trade and services after half a dozen centuries.
The flat washtub is one of the simplest things that could be found in almost every house in Iran’s northern Mazandaran province. However, Iranian women in that region have long been using it as a musical instrument in wedding ceremonies and parties.
Seyyed Mohammad Beheshti, a senior cultural figure, says Iranians will constitute the world’s largest cultural lobby in the next decade.
Each year in Ramadan Muslim people across the world mark the ‘Night of Destiny’ or ‘Laylat al-Qadr’ when the holy Qur’an was first revealed to the Muslim Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).