Religious in Bijar

Ashura Mud Ritual

Ashura for Shiites is a time of intense mourning and of re-enactment of Imam Hossein's massacre. Self-flagellation and animal blood sacrifices are common, but in Bijar Shiites cover themselves in mud to represent th…
Cultural in Niasar & Qamsar

Rose Festival

In late Spring (May to early June), the annual harvest of rose petals attracts visitors from across Iran to the villages of Qamsar, Joushqan Kamou, Barzak and Niasar. This horticultural pilgrimage amounts to a festi…
Film in Tehran

Fajr International Film Festival

Held in April, Iran’s premier film festival features Iranian and international films and red-carpet events in more than 20 cinemas across Tehran. Has been held in February in previous years, so check the website for…
Cultural in Chelgerd

Valley of Flowers

During late May, visitors from all over the region travel to the Valley of Roses to admire the crown imperials – a red bell-shaped fritillary also known as an 'upside down tulip' – that unfolds like an umbrella.
Theatre in Tehran

Fadjr International Theater Festival

The highlight of the Iranian theatre year centres around Teatre Shahr (City Theatre) and Iranshahr Theatre in Tehran.
Sports in Kaluts

Lut Ultra-Marathon

This 250km endurance race through the desert is split over six stages in late September.