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Votive offering in Iranian films: ifilm Exclusive

ifilm reveals footage showing the tradition of Nazri in Iranian movies and series.

ifilm English TV reveals footage showing the tradition of Nazri during Muharram and Ashura in Iranian movies and series.

Scenes of cooking votive food or Nazri are a great visual beauty for Iranian filmmakers. Shots of a huge part of people surrounding it and preparing the food as well as others waiting outside to receive it offer a unique and interesting visual combination in movies and series which depict votive ceremonies.

In Muharram and in Ashura day, people line up to get Nazri foods. Eating votive food on the day of Ashura is a unique ceremony which brings people from all walks of life together to share the same food and enjoy equality.

The most common meal cooked as votive in Iran during the month of Muharram is called polo Gheymeh. It consists of chopped lamb, tomatoes and split peas and is served alongside rice. However, there are other traditional Iranian meals used in the same ceremonies as well.

To pledge a votive signifies a promise Muslims make to God. The most common type of such pledges is traditionally the two months of Muharram and Safar in the lunar calendar.  

In addition to be a significant part of our culture, giving away votive food is also a unique portion of our collective memory.

The person who pledges a votive has to give away food in an effort to have his wishes come true. Everyone enjoys the meal no matter if they are rich or poor. Anyone who has a wish can contribute and play a part in the preparation of the votive food to enjoy the blessing.

ifillm tonight’s movie ‘Once More Rain’ touches upon the tradition of Nazri in Muharram. The movie hits the air at 22:00 GMT on September 7. It will be repeated the next day at 04:00, 10:00 and 15:00 all GMT times.