Sarab Gyan is a beautiful and eye-catching spring that flows out of the heart of mountains in the southwest of Nahavand City, Hamedan Province, Iran. It is only 2 kilometers away from the ancient hill of Gyan. Nahavand City has many forests, but Gyan Forest with an area of 425 hectares is one of the most captivating ones which has an overflowing spring that irrigates agricultural lands of about five nearby villages.
The structures of Hamedan City are related to Deioces (Diakou) the first king of the Medes, according to the poet ‘Ferdowsi’, about (700 BC). According to the records of Herodotus, a Greek historian, this territory was called 'Ekbatan' and 'Hegmataneh' by this monarch. Cyrus the Great, in 550 BC, defeated the last king of Medes and chose this city as his summer residence. After the end of the Median tribe, although Hamedan lost its centrality, it was still considered as one of the three Achaemenid capitals. The existence of “Ganjnameh” inscriptions, the remains of the stone columns of the Achaemenid palaces, and the golden and silver tablets obtained from Hamedan indicate the importance of this region in the Achaemenid period.
Jews, at least in Iran, have always worship Esther and Mordechai like prophets and believed they were the saviors of the Jewish community. Esther (meaning star) was the Jewish queen of Ahasuerus, the king of Persia, and the daughter of Mordechai’s uncle. She was very beautiful, brave, and intelligent. Therefore, when the king’s chief advisor, Haman, tried to convince the king to order the mass murder of Jews, jealous of the growing influence of Jews in the court of the king, Esther and her cousin, Mordechai, foiled the plan and gained the Jews rights to kill their enemies.
This ancient hill is 3,000 years old and with an area of about 35 hectares, is the largest ancient hill in Iran. According to some evidence, the city was more than 40 hectares and was found by Aryan people in the late 8th century BC, who made it the first capital of Persian empire. Based on Herodotus's writings, an ancient Greek historian, Deioces (also Diako or Dia-oku), first shah of Median government, built the whole city surrounded by seven walls; each of which colored as one of the planets. After Medes, this city was the capital of Achaemenids as well.
In every society, food or drink offering is a sign of love and affection and accepting that offer is a positive response to their friendship. Thus, sometimes rejecting a food offering may indicate hostility. In Iran, entertaining friends and family members with a variety of food and snacks has been an important aspect of people’s culture. Guests have always been treated with honor and respect in Persian culture. Their hospitality is limitless. kind eye contacts, genuine smiles, small friendly talks, and invitation for tea or dinner are parts of every Iranian behavior.
In Iran, food is believed to be a blessing from God, and disrespecting the food is equivalent to disrespecting the Creator. The dining table is revered as a place where family members spend three times a day interacting with each other. Food and tablecloths (in the old times people used to sit around tablecloth placed on the ground. Some still do) are highly valued in Iranian food culture, and eating alone is a form of disrespect to family members and a sign of poor family relationships.
Traditional foods are those foods that have been consumed in a country for a long time and have been passed down from generation to generation. The concept of food culture is much more complicated than what you see on a plate. Food operates as an expression of cultural identity. Immigrants bring the food of their countries with them wherever they go and cooking traditional food is a way of preserving their culture when they move to new places. Food is an inseparable part of their cultural heritage.
Gheymeh Nesar is one of the most delicious and colorful foods of Iran. It was originated from Qazvin and is mostly served at special occasions such as weddings. It’s the food you should try on your trip to Qazvin to experience a luxe taste. Ask around to find the best restaurant to eat this heavenly food.
Southern Iran has many delicious foods in addition to natural and cultural attractions. Traveling south can be a wonderful experience when you have the most hospitable people as your hosts. Due to its proximity to the sea, its cuisine is mostly based on seafood. Living in the scorching weather and humidity of the south requires eating food that can compensate for the weather’s destructive effects, and fish has many benefits in this regard. One of the exceptional features of southern cuisine is strong flavors and spices. The taste of hot and spicy food always reminds every Iranian of the mouth-watering southern dishes.
Everything in the north of Iran is made of rice, even Traditional Sweets. For food, rice is cooked in the form of “Polo (pilaf)”, “Chelo”, and “Kateh”. In the not-so-distant past, bread was a sign of wealth on the table of the northerners. it was only served at official ceremonies and gatherings while in other parts of Iran, bread was more common; and it’s been only a few decades since rice has found its way into the daily table of the people. One of the main ingredients of northerners’ meals is garlic. The good news is, in the north garlic loses its bad smell quickly after eating due to high humidity and is not annoying at all. In other regions, on the other hand, you have to chew gum or cinnamon to fight its odor.
This province is located in the fertile lands of Iran, so it’s been the best place to grow all kinds of fruit and nuts for years. As a result, you can find a trace of fruit and nuts on every traditional food and confection. The variety, color, and aroma of every single one of them make the city a paradise for sweet lovers. If you are planning to travel to Qazvin, or you are looking to buy souvenirs, these special and delicious sweets is a perfect choice.
Qazvin is a city located in the north of Iran. Duo to its perfect location in the center of fertile lands of Iran, it can support the growth of a large number of strong healthy plants. So from the old times, locals offer both vegetarian and non-vegetarian travelers special dishes that meet the nutritional needs of both. The fertile soil of this province has allowed the locals to harvest all kinds of nuts and fruits. As a result, there is a trace of pistachio, almond, different kinds of fruit peels, and so on, on every luxurious food and confectionary of the region.