Iranian Nomads Showcase Cultural Heritage and Tourism in Major Festival

In a bid to highlight their cultural heritage and attract tourists, tens of nomads from various provinces in Iran launched a significant festival on Monday. The five-day event takes place near the Hafez mausoleum in Shiraz, creating a spiritual atmosphere inspired by the renowned 14th-century poet.

Iran (IMNA) - This marks the first-ever national nomadic festival organized in the southern Iranian city, according to the tourism chief of Fars province. The organizers are hopeful that the festival will not only promote domestic tourism but also encourage visitors to explore the nomadic tribes.

The festival promises an array of captivating experiences, including traditional music, folk dance, workshops, and cultural and culinary shows. These activities will be hosted by tribespeople from Fars, Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari, Kohgiluyeh-Boyerahmad, Kerman, and Khuzestan provinces.

Furthermore, these festivals aim to foster stronger bonds among Iranian nomads. Earlier this year, the tourism director of Lorestan province emphasized the importance of reinforcing cultural ties among the ancient land's nomadic tribes. Ata Hassanpur stated, "Iran is a rainbow of different ethnicities, which have coexisted for millennia."

An official has highlighted the significance of festivals, conferences, seminars, and familiarization tours in fostering closer ties between ethnic groups. These events provide opportunities for interaction and understanding among communities.

Iranian nomads primarily reside in provinces such as Fars, Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari, Khuzestan, Isfahan, and others. Their lifestyle involves migrating between winter quarters in steppes or warmer areas (known as Qishlaq) and summer quarters in green mountainous regions or cooler countryside (known as Yeylaq).

For tourists interested in visiting nomadic communities, various times of the year are suitable. However, spring and summer offer the best experiences. There are numerous nomadic tribes, each with its distinct lifestyle, culture, customs, cuisine, and musical performances.

Every year on May 21st, the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is observed. This day not only celebrates the diversity of cultures worldwide but also acknowledges the vital role of intercultural dialogue in achieving peace and sustainable development.

In 2002, the United Nations General Assembly established this World Day, following UNESCO's adoption of the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity in 2001. The declaration recognized the importance of leveraging culture to promote prosperity, sustainable development, and global peaceful coexistence.

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