Iranian Ramadan rituals on the wane
Mehr News
17-Aug-2010 (2 comments)

TEHRAN, Aug. 17 (MNA) -- Iranian rituals for Ramadan are gradually diminishing in Iran where people regard the holy month as God’s feast.

People used to carefully clean their homes beforehand, making everything ready for the entrance of the month-long feast.

Over 100 types of foods and 30 kinds of cookies and bread used to be prepared specially for this month.

People used to wake up at midnight for a meal at sahar-khani, special poems and supplications performed on the rooftops and through the interwoven alleys of cities.

Iftar -- the time for breaking the fast used to be announced by playing the naqareh, a long wind instrument that was played from minarets or cities’ towers.

Today, all these rituals have been forgotten, the Persian service of CHN reported on Tuesday in an article.

“Today, everything moves with haste and society is quickly transforming,” anthropologist Ahmad Vakilian said.

“However, TV could play a vital role in preserving these rituals,” he added.

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Maryam Hojjat

Besides, Ramadan is ARABS Traditions

by Maryam Hojjat on

Not Iranians'.  ALL Arabs & Islamic Traditions would be wipped if people decide not to practice Islam as their religion.  Hopefully for IRAN very soon.


It is called evolution

by Kooshan on

We should not be bound to forms and traditions since they change as societies mature. I think it helps to preservethe spirit of ramadan if the traditions evolve.

Why should we be bound to the forms and ways employed and tracticed by people lived few 100 years ago.

I mean the cultural aspects of traditions not the basic rules.