Zayande Rood celebrates Abangan

Abangan, is one among the 12 Iranian celebrations, held on 10th of Aban month, Aban day of Aban month in Persian calender which is on 1st November. This celebration is held in praise of Anahid or Anahita, the Goddess of flowing water similar to Afrodite, the Goddess of love and beauty in ancient Greece. In this day, like other national Iranian celebrations Zoroasters go to fire temples and pray, after that they go to falls, rivers or subterranean canats and say pray Ahoora Mazda to ask for a year full of rain. After saying prays, the celebration and happiness starts. Young and old, men and women start water playing while enjoy being in the nature.

Abangan, is one among the 12 Iranian celebrations, held on 10th of Aban month, Aban day of Aban month in Persian calender which is on 1st November. This celebration is held in praise of Anahid or Anahita, the Goddess of flowing water similar to Afrodite, the Goddess of love and beauty in ancient Greece. In this day, like other national Iranian celebrations Zoroasters go to fire temples and pray, after that they go to falls, rivers or subterranean canats and say pray Ahoora Mazda to ask for a year full of rain. After saying prays, the celebration and happiness starts. Young and old, men and women start water playing while enjoy being in the nature.

Adapted from raftanresidan.blogfa.com

This year, Zayande Rood, one of the most beautiful rivers in the center of Iran which passes among Isfahan and several historical bridges since Safavid Era are built on it. Zayande Rood which means : the alive river, is one of the natural attractions of the city  and hosts people in its border park every morning, every night. It has been several months that Zayande Rood is not an alive river anymore. People who pass over the bridges were unhappy seeing the empty river. This drought also lead to dissatisfaction of farmers whom their farms used to be watered by Zayande Rood. This year in coincide with Abangan celebration the river became alive again, due to opening the gates of dam.

Adapted from : raftanresidan.blogfa.com

The happiness and joy of people the moments before flowing water in Zayande Rood, after a long time made Abangan celebration more beautiful than ever.

November 13, 2011 · Maryam Khazaeli · Comments Closed
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