TEHRAN – A national festival of Iranian ethnic groups is currently taking place at Falak-ol-Aflak Fortress, a towering monument to the Sasanians, which towers over the city of Khorramabad in western Lorestan province.
Festival participants come from 25 provinces and are gathered to promote societal enthusiasm through unity among Iranian tribes and ethnic groups, which is the goal of the 5th edition of the festival, IRNA reported on Wednesday.
The festival features regional arts, crafts, souvenirs, culinary traditions and displays of tourist attractions, as well as craft workshops and live performances.
The event, which opened on Monday, will end on Friday.
Iran is home to many inhabitants of the region, including Turkish and Arab elements, in addition to Kurds, Baluchis, Bakhtyari, Lurs and other small minorities such as Armenians, Assyrians, Jews and others.
Indigenous language, music, cuisine, clothing, songs, anecdotes, crafts, performances and local rituals such as celebrations and wedding ceremonies have always inspired many people to experience life among the tribes.
The must-see, eight-towered Falak-ol-Aflak Castle looms over the city as one of the region’s most visited travel destinations for both domestic and foreign tourists.
The fortress dates from the Sasanian period (224-651). It looks particularly imposing and dramatic when lit up at night, offering picturesque views of its crenellated ramparts that surround it.
The Sasanian era is of very great importance in Iranian history, under which Persian art and architecture experienced a general revival.
Steeped in history and culture, Lorestan is one of Iran’s lesser-known travel destinations, which primarily acts as a gateway to the sweltering plains below in neighboring Khuzestan province. Lorestan is also an area of raw beauty that an avid nature lover could spend weeks exploring.
The area was inhabited by Indo-European Iranian peoples, including the Medes, c. 1000 BC. The Cimmerians and Scythians ruled the region intermittently from around 700 to 625 BC.
Lorestan was incorporated into the growing Achaemenid Empire around 540 BC and was successively part of the Seleucid, Parthian and Sasanian dynasties.