Festival of Zagros folkloric traditions started in Sanandaj this morning with the participation of people from 11 Iranian provinces.
Tehran, 10 September 2006 (CHN) -- Tourism and handicrafts exhibition and festival of Zagros Folkloric Traditions started its work today in Sanandaj, Kurdistan province.
"The Festival of Folkloric Traditions in Zagros region started its work yesterday 9th of September with the participation of people from the provinces of Ilam, Lorestan, Kermanshah, West Azarbaijan, Fars, Isfahan, Hamadan, Khuzestan, Boushehr, Chahar Mahal va Bakhtiari, and Kohkiloye va Boyer Ahmed in Melat Park in the city of Sanandaj. This festival will run to 15th of September," said Parisa Mehdi Abadi, head of public relations office of Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department of Kurdistan province.
According to Mehdi Abadi, during the first day of the Festival, Mohammad Ebrahim Zare'ei, director of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department of Kurdistan province, gave a lecture in which he mentioned an unprecedented increase in the number of tourists who have visited Kurdistan province during this year which was an additional 500,000 people in comparison with the previous year. He also explained the increasing tourism facilities in the province for attracting tourists including opening of two big hotels last week.
Following his speech, Dalaho group from Kermanshah province and Abidar from Sanandaj performed Kurdish folk dances.
During this Festival, the tourism attractions and handicrafts of participant provinces will also be displayed and introduced in the tourism and handicraft exhibition, held in conjunction with the Festival.
The Zagros Mountains make up Iraq and Iran's largest mountain range. They have a total length of 1500 km from western Iran, specifically the Kurdistan region on the border with Iraq to the southern parts of the Persian Gulf. The range ends at the Strait of Hormuz. The highest point in the Zagros range is Mt. Dena at 5098 m (16998 feet).
In the ancient times, the Zagros was inhabited by groups of people or tribes who were more or less homogeneous in speech and ethnically related. Among these Zagros groups, the Elamites and Kurds were the most prominent. The Elamites were living in the southern parts of the Zagors in the territory of the ancient kingdom of Elam with its capital city in Susa. The territory of the ancient Kurds commenced just north of Elam and covered most parts of the Zagros highlands.
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