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Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province

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Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province with an area of nearly 16,533 square kilometers is located in the Zagros Mountains, adjacent to the provinces of Isfahan, Khuzestan, Kohkiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad with a population of over one million people. Two fertile life-generating sources in this province, namely Karun and Zayandehrud rivers, have turned a large territory of the province into summer resorts with eye-catching nature.

 

Geography

The province is divided into 7 counties of Shahrekord, Borujen, Lordegan, Farsan, Ardal, Koohrang and Kiar, with Shahrekord as the capital that has a height of about 2060 meters above sea level on the plateau of Iran. The distinctive feature of the province is its pristine and beautiful nature, which includes wetlands, lofty peaks always covered with snow, flowing springs, forest and green areas, historical buildings, etc., which make the province a unique area with tourist attractions.

 

Customs 

One of the customs of the people living in Shahrekord is the cheragh baran ritual. Every year, at the time of New Year, the locals come with an oil lamp or a candle to either of the two shrines of Halimeh and Hakimeh Khatoon to ask Sayyid (those believed to be the descendants of prophet Muhammad) to light their candle or lamp to bring them good luck at the beginning of the year. Ashkenoon ceremony is another custom of Shahrekord which is held by the bride and groom's family after accepting the engagement. In this ceremony, which sometimes lasts even a few days, women celebrate with handkerchiefs and men with sticks; at the end of the ceremony, a wedding sermon is given. In Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province, various dances are performed during celebrations and festivals, the most famous of which are wedding dance, Dastmal (handkerchief ) dance, and sculpture dance.Chogha or Chokha is the nomadic men's fabric, which is sewn from fleece with white and black colors; this pattern is said to have been taken from the Choghaznabil ziggurat while others believe that it originates from the tomb of Cyrus the Achaemenid. This top has short sleeves and its height reaches below the knees with a weaving technique similar to a kilim. Due to its density, this material partially prevents the rainwater penetration.

Handicrafts

Curd, cranberries, honey, high-quality turmeric, medicinal plants, and a kind of valuable handmade carpet called Bibi Baf are the famous souvenirs of Shahrekord. Kilim, jajim and felt hat are also considered as important handicrafts of Shahrekord. Bakhtiari local dress is a style of comfortable and beautiful clothing that is unique in its kind. Bakhtiari women wear colorful clothes at weddings, daily life and various rituals.This dress with ornaments of nomadic women has a significant variety and multiple functions.

 

Tourist Attractions

The most important pilgrimage, historical, tourist and natural attractions of this province include the holy shrines such as Hazrat Imamzadeh Halimeh Khatoon and Hakimeh Khatoon, Hazrat Imamzadeh Seyyed Bahauddin Mohammad Sheikh Shaban, and Hazrat Imamzadeh Seyyed Mohammad Bardeh, etc. The beautiful scene of Zayandeh rud River, Sardar Asaad Bakhtiari Palace, attractive Karun River, Archaeological and Anthropological Museums, Chaleshtor Historical Castle, Dezak Castle, Zaman Khan Bridge, Reverse Tulips Plain, Choghakhor International Wetland, Gandoman Wetland, Koohrang Waterfall, Koohrang Spring, Sheikh Alikhan Waterfall, Darreh Eshgh Waterfall, Atashgah Waterfall, Chama Ice Cave, Sarab Cave, Dimeh Spring, Baram Spring, etc. can be named as attractions for this province.

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