Muharram, Iran



Nazri : نذری  . Iranians use the ancient Persian tradition of “Nazr” (distributing free foods among the people) to cook Nazri (food cooked for the sake of God and for the love of Imam Hussain) during Muharram and the Day of Ashura.

During Muharram, Nazri is offered to the poor, and distributed among neighbours and families, home by home.

The Day of Ashura is the 10th day of Muharram and marks the martyrdom of Imam Hussain; the most tragic day for all Muslims.

Shola-e-zard is a sweet saffron and rosewater (or orange flower water) flavoured rice dish…”It has a religious significance, being made on the 10th day or Muharram (the Muslim month of mourning)…also made as a nazr, which is a custom of thanksgiving or pledge practiced in Iran and Afghanistan. The shola is cooked and then distributed to the poor and to neighbors and relatives.“—Oxford Companion to Food, Alan Davidson [Oxford University Press:Oxford] 1999 (p. 720)

If you don’t believe in any religion and don’t fear the Resurrection Day, at least be free in this world.
-Imam Hussain ibne Ali

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