Saturday, May 7, 2016

Qalischuyan

Qalischuyan (Carpet washing ceremony)

Qalischuyan rituals are held in Kashan to honor the memory of Sultan Ali, on the second Friday of autumn.

According to legend, Soltān Ali was martyred, and his body found and carried in a carpet to a stream, where it was washed and buried by the people of Fin and Xāve. To perform the ritual, young men gather at the Imamzadeh Sultan Ali where its large carpet is wrapped in green textile and delivered to them. Thereafter the young men take the carpet to wash it in a nearby spring while they whirl sticks in the air that symbolize the clubs (used as weapons centuries ago) and recite religious poems.