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


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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