Photos by Sajjad Safari, Mehr News Agency
Mashhad Ardehal is a village 42 kilometers east of city of Kashan in central Iran. The mausoleum of Soltan Ali, son of the 5th Shiite Imam Mohammad Bagher, is located in this village. It is said that when Soltan Ali was killed by the governor's forces in an uneven battle in Ardehal, the people of the area rushed to the place and wrapped his body in a rug. They then washed the body in a creek nearby before burying him. Since then thousands of people hold a ceremony each year on the second Friday of the Iranian month of Mehr to mark the death of Soltan Ali.
They say there are two reasons people hold sticks in their hand during this event. First they use the sticks for washing the rugs; and second they display the sticks demanding revenge for the martyrdom of Soltan Ali.
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Ardehal ceremony (in Persian)
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