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Qali-Shooyan ceremony

When and where is Qali-Shooyan Ceremony held?

The religional ceremony named Qali-Shooyan (means washing carpet in Persian) held every year on the second Friday of the Fall in coincidence with the martyrdom of Imam zadeh Sultan Ali bin Mohammed Bagher in Mashhad Ardehal.

What do people do in Qali-shooyan ceremony ?

At the event,” Finns in Kashan wash the symbolic carpet with their sticks in a nearby water stream. The event was listed in the Iranian Spiritual Heritage List as well as UNESCO Cultural Heritage List.
According to the narrations, Imamzadeh Soltan Ali son of Imam Bagher came to Iran at the requests of the old Kashanis people .after some time he was martyred by the rulers in ardahal. three days after the martyrdom, the Finns came to Ardehal with their sticks, and placed the body of Imamzadeh on a carpet and bathed him in the water stream now known as Prince Hussein’s stream and then buried in the present place. This event evokes the Imam Hussein’s martyrdom in Karbala to many Kashan and Ardehalis people

What are the traditions ?

The main ceremony has special features . Most mourners arrive in Ardehal the night before Friday and stay in shrine. Since early Friday morning, thousands of people in black shirts have been holding their own sticks gather beside a water stream in the courtyard of Prince Hussein’s tomb and wait for the ceremony to begin. At the start of the ceremony, chanting “Ya Hossein”, move towards the Sultan Ali shrine with shaking their sticks to catch the carpet.After crossing the valley , this people enter the courtyard by stairs and mourn after receiving the carpet from Imamzadeh servants.

How to attend Qali-shooyan ceremony ?

Every year, the first week of October , many tourists travel to Mashhad Ardehal to attend the Qali-Shooyan ceremony and visit this historic event. As the event is becoming more and more popular among the tourists of Iran, we , the team of Pluspersia are here to offer the tours of this annual event.

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