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.

The ceremony is held every year in the last days of July or the first days of August in Qeshm Island in southern Iran.

Persian Gulf settlers believe that all the fish are free to reproduce during Nowruz-e Sayyad, so the fishermen refrain from any fishing and eating aquatics on this day.

In this ceremony, the villagers wear new clothes and paint their animals with a red mud called Gelak and take them to the sea. On this day, the indigenous women receive guests with cooked pastries made from dates called Ranginak.

The 15th festival of Nowruz-e Sayyad was recently held in the village of Salakh in Qeshm Island. At this festival swimming, diving, snorkelling, beach volleyball, and local sports competitions were held.

What follows are photos of this festival retrieved from Mehr News Agency:

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