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Photos: Traditional Wedding in Persign Gulf Island of Qeshm, Iran

Photos by Asghar Besharati, Mehr News Agency

In Qeshm, the groom moves into his in laws' house. Traditions have remained well preserved in Qeshm due to the isolated and proud nature of the local people. Their industries, architecture, customs and rituals have changed very little over the course of time and authenticity has been maintained in many aspects. No better place is this visible than in a local Qeshm wedding.

To hold a wedding ceremony in Qeshm is the most beautiful and exciting thing in a person's life. The families of the bride and groom celebrate for days, and friends, neighbors and whoever else happens to stumble upon the party, is invited to join the fun. While both families look forward to the ceremony from the start of their child's life, the ceremony is a long process. Ten days are filled with festivities, dinners and parties. For the first three nights, the couple remains unmarried, then on the fourth night, the actual marriage of the couple takes place. The wedding continues for another seven nights.

The wedding decorations are breathtaking, and colorful hopes for a bright future are clear in the vivid decor. The curtains of sand, and rugged nature of Qeshm Island are left behind while flowers dominate the wedding ceremony. Blossoms or khoncheh, are constructed and filled with henna and aromatic scents on the third day of the wedding for the henna ceremony. The scented blossoms are taken to the bride's house, where the couple will reside until getting a place of their own. The homes of the groom and bride's father are decorated with brilliant fabrics and lighting, which makes it known there is a celebration in the residence taking place. (Source: Iran Chamber Society -- read more)







Qeshm Island
Qeshm is an Iranian island situated in the Strait of Hormuz off the south coast of Iran and east of the Persian Gulf. Qeshm Island is located a few kilometers off the southern coast of Iran, opposite the port cities of Bandar Abbas and Bandar Khamir.
Area 1,491 square kilometres (576 sq mi)
Length 135 kilometres (84 mi)
Width 40 kilometres (25 mi)


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