Iran Fritillaria

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Fritillaria: The upside down tulip has either stooped before Iran
Fritillaria flower which comes in red, yellow, and sometimes orange spreads over Iran’s lands after winter, and makes the lands beautiful at springs. Its life span is short and flowers at the end of Farvardin (April) and cease flowering at early Ordibehesht(May) as rain falls begin. Fritillaria has an ancient trace in Iran and its role could be seen on the top of Sasanid pillars and Taghe Bostan museum next to the Sasanid king. This flower owns a specific position in Iranian literature. In one of the Iranian old stories named “Siavash” this flower becomes upside down in order to grieve on the heroes innocence and never stands up again. Therefore, because of this story it is also called the tears of Siavash. People from antiquity believed that its upside down position and frost falling down is because of this catastrophe. This plant is in the category of poisonous plants while it is still utilized as a tranquilizer for rheumatic and joint aches. It is also used in purgative process of liver and traditional remedies. For the first time this plant was taken to Austria by European tourists who has visited Iran. It was then planted in royal families’ gardens, and from 19th century became common in Netherlands plant growing industry. As it was globalized it influenced many of the great artists and their works like Goethe. Therefore its beauty was granted to all mankind.
This generous plant which only lives for three weeks is magnificently beautiful and grants its beauty to every one. It is some how like seeing heaven when you open your eyes and see thousands and thousands of this flowers and silence knowing that no human being has ever planted them. This plant grows in mountainous regions of Iran and spreads wildly over Iran’s west part of Iran and dyes Zargros Mountains. You can see that this plant is most of all dense in Fritillaria lands of Chelgard region located in Chehar Mahal Bakhtiari province.
The Fritillaria grows and slowly cries at springs after is has passed the hibernation, and gives you spirit with its beauty. Its generosity grant you the medical benefits and the only think it asks for is to stay next to its own kind in the mountainous lands because it doesn’t survive more that 2 hours in any where else. It looks as if this plant, which is the symbol of its region, has upside down position before great creations and magnificence of its land.

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Pomegranate Celebration

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Owning the first place of producing pomegranate, Iran has many things to offer about this amazing fruit and the derived products. Pomegranate trees with their bacciferous fruits have had a long history in Iran. These trees were planted in temples in the era of Zoroastrianism. People use to burn its woods in order to get hidden devils out of their houses as being the “Fruit from Heaven”. They actually pasteurized their houses by doing so. Pomegranate also has a special position in traditional or folk medicine and scientists like Avicena and Abu Reyhan Birooni have written a lot about its advantages. Pomegranate crystal seeds are useful for the heart, cure stomachache, delay senescence, and keeps you safe from cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. If you drink a glass of pomegranate juice every day, you have done your body a great favor 😊 Many great literary men have also utilized it in their poems and proverbs. They have analogized the shy red faces to the color of a pomegranate. A heart filled with grief is also compared to a broken pomegranate.

Harvest celebrations are held in Iran just like any other place in the world. In pomegranate celebrations, farmers play traditional local music while they are picking pomegranates. Children wear beautiful colorful clothes, youngsters play local games and farmers represent their crops and many other products from pomegranate. People celebrate this occasion in several parts of Iran while the most outstanding of them is in Saveh or “the city of red ruby”. At the beginning of fall, this celebration is held for five days in Saveh. After you pass an hour and a half driving on Tehran-Saveh highway, you will see pomegranate gardens in Saveh no matter which way you have selected to enter the city.

Pomegranate plays an important role in Iranian traditions like Yalda night when people gather around with their families and celebrate the first night of winter. Pomegranate always reminds Iranians of those warm days…

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Iran nuclear deal and the future of tourism

 You may have heard a lot of news about the nuclear negotiation between Iran and the 5+1 assembly. The result of this negotiation and the decisions that are made by political heads will take care of Iranians’ fortune and perhaps the future of many countries all around the world. Presumably, history will judge the final decision!!! However, this decision will have a strong influence on the economy, political relationships, cultural, and touristic aspects of the whole world.

Let’s accept this truth that without boundaries that make countries of different names and people with different originalities, whatever exists in the world belong to Him, and we are all a big family. Iran is a country willing to be friendly, however, these days some of his brothers and sisters are cruel to her. History and civilization have included all of us. Perhaps our ancestors were thinking about bringing peace and equality in the world while they were building Persepolis 2500 years ago. Perhaps they were trying to keep human dignity safe and establish a world without slavery with their art and intelligence. These people would have never thought of being forgotten by the rest of their families. It is not hard to follow if we say that apart from all around the world is included in Iran. A country that is the source of primary civilizations and natural attractions will for sure be a good target for the tourism industry. This industry will remind us that whenever we are tired of routine life, we can travel around the world and without any distortion help our minds find their peace in nature. We can perceive the glory of our ancestors in monuments and fragments. We can also have a smile from our brothers and sisters of long distances in our pictures. By doing so, we will find family everywhere and the most relaxing place ever.

Nowadays, there is a wrong image made about Iran outside of its geographical boundaries. You can find any reason and excuse in Iran that will make you willing to go to a country. If you are interested in nature, you will find the four seasons in this country. Considering herbal and animal species and all of the geological and biological sections, Iran is a rich valuable country. In this country, you will experience great forests on the north side, vast islands on the south side, mountains covered with snow on the west, and great desserts in its center. Whatever city and province you choose to visit in this country, you may not miss visiting monuments with thousands of years of history with a special architecture that you will see nowhere else in the world. Even if you can not stay for long, visiting cities like Shiraz, Tehran, Isfahan, and Yazd will suffice to see my words. You will experience ethnic food, clothing, architecture, music, and artificial man-made crafts in every city of this country so numerous that you will be truly excited. Unfortunately, having these privileges, Iran couldn’t have the chance to be the house of many members of the great family, however, those who have tried visiting this country have changed completely positively toward it. Eventually, Iran has not been justly presented to the ears all around the world.

Maybe if there weren’t any political trends around the world, people could have experienced a better significance of the word “family”. “Rick Steves” the American adventurous movie director, has changed his view about Iran after his travel to this country. In the story he wrote about the time he had traveled to Iran, we will read that he was waiting for men with knives and guns in the plane, while he saw calm civilized people sitting next to each other. Tehran, the capital city of Iran, was just like other capitals around the world. He said that he could see the culture and magnificent architecture in Isfahan, and feel the glory of ancient civilization in Persepolis. He mentioned people who were smiling and were eager to start a conversation with you. He says that statesmen will come and go but people will always stay. We hope that whatever decision is made after these negotiations, there comes a time when all the brothers and sisters around the world will gather together in our country just the way it has once carved on Persepolis walls. We hope people will see Iran as part of their own history that is waiting for its family.

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