Yasuj will host a national tribal festival

TEHRAN – The national tribal festival of Kuch, dedicated to ethnic culture, is to be inaugurated on Sunday in Yasuj, the capital of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad province in southwestern Iran, announced the provincial head of the tourism.

One of the main aims of holding this festival is to revive the cultural and spiritual identities and traditions of the nomads, CHTN said on Wednesday quoting Saeid Talebipur.

Holding such festivals and developing tourism capacity plays a key role in attracting investors and creating jobs for locals in the field of tourism, the official added.

The southwestern province is known for its nomads and nomadic life. Tourists can live with a nomadic or rural family for a period of time or enjoy an independent stay and help them with daily life. It also opens the possibility of feeling the rustic routines, their agriculture, traditions, arts and culture.

Nomads and tribal tourism

Tribal tourism, also known as ethno-tourism or ethnic tourism, allows potential tourists to feel like natives by living with a nomadic or rural family or enjoying an independent stay. However, as the name suggests, this is a recreational trip rather than an anthropological research expedition.

Experts say that this branch of tourism has gained a lot of support and attention in the country over the past couple of years. Many tour operators believe that the tribal areas could be considered the heritage of human authenticity in their new cultural and human aspects.

Iran has a culturally diverse society dominated by a wide range of inter-ethnic relations. Native speakers of Persian (Farsi language) are considered the predominant ethnicity generally of mixed ancestry, and the country has significant Turkish, Kurdish and Arab elements in addition to Lurs, Baloch, Bakhtiari and other small minorities such as Armenians, Assyrians. , and the Jews.

The Persians, Kurds, and speakers of other Indo-European languages ​​in Iran are the descendants of Aryan tribes who began migrating from Central Asia into what is now Iran in the second millennium BCE.

Accompanying nomads during their migration, even for a day or two, can be a life experience. As a traveler, one has the chance to visit, live, eat and sleep in a nomadic camp with a real nomadic family. Colorful dresses, vast black tents, colorful-eyed children with rosy cheeks, a modest lifestyle, a picturesque landscape and local dishes are probably some of the delights of such visits.

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.

Many nomads surprise visitors with the dignity of their rough, overworked hands and the integrity of their compassionate eyes at first sight. In popular Iranian culture, literature and public opinion, nomads have always been a proud part of the nation.

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