Let me start with a question, have you ever been to Iran? If the answer is yes, you’ve might had the chance of attending one of the Iranian ceremonies or without a doubt you would have heard about the many traditions, ceremonies, events and rituals that are common in Iran. And even if the answer is no, surely you are familiar with the biggest Iranian Festivals which called Norouz (new day), and with this, besides Iranian, many other people around the world celebrates coming of the spring and are happy to announce the spread of the new life in to the earth’s vein and the other ritual event called Ashura in which people mourn for the death of third Shia Imam (Imam Hussain), who killed in a battle for freedom! Ashura is the biggest mourning ceremony for Shia people (who have the most population in Iran) and although it is based on a same story yet it has many mores differ from each region. You may have heard that during the time of Ashura isn’t a good time to travel to Iran; however I want to highly recommend you to come to Iran during this time! You will be able to attend different mourning ceremonies, watch many plays in the streets for free and have your meals also for free!
Due to Iran’s vastness since very ancient time, there is variety of cultures and kinds in different region of the country, and each tribe has their own special traditions, however all in all they have numbers of ceremonies in common.
There is a category of five different kinds of gathering in Iran which are: 1. Ancient 2. Religious 3. National and Governmental 4. Family 5. Regional, however as previously mentioned, what people celebrates in common are mostly Ancient Festivals including: Norouz (the New Year), Sizdah be dar, Charshanbeh Suri, Shab-e Yalda (chelleh), and of course because of religious characteristics of the country religious ceremonies are also very important like: Ashura, Eid-al Fetr, Eid- al Qorban, Ramadan, Birthday of Prophet Mohammad.
The other important factors in these ceremonies are the special kind of food that people serve the guest with, and the differences in foods depends on the occasion or the season in which the festival takes place! For example what you will be served with in Ritual events is completely different with the one in Ancients! Well, let’s not make you confuse, I promise to come to you with Iranian food next time I see you in Iran!