Nature lovers celebrate daffodils at Semnan festival

TEHRAN – An open-air festival will bring together dozens of nature lovers on Friday to celebrate daffodils, a symbol of the eye in Iranian culture.

The festival aims to promote travel to the north-central province, traditional daffodil culture and local rituals and attractions, a local tourism official said on Wednesday.

In addition, there will be performances of traditional, local and ritual music, craft stalls, organic products for sale and a workshop on daffodils and their care in the garden and apartment during the festival, said Maryam. Hashemi Motamedi.

The ritual of traditional daffodil planting in Semnan has been inscribed on the list of national intangible cultural heritage.

In Persian culture and literature, the daffodil symbolizes the eye, usually the eye of the loved one. In poetry, the beloved is equated with the daffodil because of its green, leafless stem, which is hollowed out, straw-like and bent, which is associated with humility and dignity.

Flowers also flourished in the Persian language. Many girls are named after flowers: Ra’na (blanket flowers), Shaghayegh (anemone), Banafsheh (violet), Yaasaman (jasmine), Niloofar (lotus flower), Nastaran (wild rose), Laleh (tulip), Narges (daffodil), etc.

The main population centers of Semnan province are along the old Silk Road (and the current Imam Reza highway), connecting Rey (Tehran) to Khorasan (Mashhad). Although few visitors spend much time in the area, as you walk through you can easily find several well-preserved caravanserais (notably Dehnamak and Ahowan), cisterns (the Abenbar cafe in Garmsar is a treat), and crumbling mud citadels. (Padeh is lumpy but fascinating). The large bustling towns of Semnan, Damghan and Shahrud (Bastam) all have a small selection of historic buildings and Semnan has a beautiful old covered bazaar.

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