Photos by Mohsen Rezaei, Mehr News Agency
Tehran Mayor, Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf, inaugurated the Bachokheh wrestling tournament in the city of Esfarayen on Saturday. For more than 200 years wrestlers have come to Esfarayen in Northern Iran for Bachokheh. This wrestling competition is unique because it is held in the open air.
Esfarayen is a city in North Khorasan Province in Iran. Esfarayen is one of the focal points for residence of Aryan tribes after entering into Iran. After dominance of Arabs, Esfarayen flourished greatly, and after Islam, in spite of attacks and destruction, was reconstructed.
Tehran Mayor, Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf, inaugurated this year's tournament on Saturday.
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