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Fisher's New Year celebrations in southern Iran

Locals, especially fishermen in southern regions of Iran, annually celebrate Fisher's New Year or as it is called in the local language Nowruz-e Sayyad day on July 19.

Locals, especially fishermen in southern regions of Iran, annually celebrate Fisher's New Year or as it is called in the local language Nowruz-e Sayyad day on July 19.

Fishing is a major living part of Iran’s southern residents; and different seasons and periods are defined according to its cycles.

Unlike other parts of Iran which celebrate the Nowruz (Persian New Year) in late March, local people in southern Islands celebrate their New Year as well which is called the Fisherman’s Nowruz, (Norwuz-e Sayyad) at the beginning of the main fishing season in late July.

In this ceremony, the villagers wear new clothes and paint their animals with a red mud called Gelak and take them to the sea, and the indigenous women receive guests with cooked pastries made from dates called Ranginak.

The locals would not go fishing or eat fish or other seafood on this day and believe that all fish are free and should reproduce.

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