Iran Cancels Kurdish Pomegranate Festival for “Religious Contradictions”

24/10/2018 - 11:39 Published in Culture & Arts

ERBIL — Iranian authorities have ordered the cancelation of an annual Kurdish event known as the “Pomegranate Festival”, arguing that it contradicts with the Islamic rituals and culture. 

Every year in Bayengan district of Kurdistan province, farmers hold a large event for their pomegranate products. It had become a source of revenue for the locals and a touristic attraction for the region before the local authorities prevent it this year. 

One of the event organizers told the media that some Islamic preachers had ruled out the event this year and branded it as “against the Islamic rules”.

The decision came after Qader Qaderi, a religion representative for Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, recently said during a Friday solemn ceremony that the pomegranate festival was against the Islamic Sharia laws as men and women were appearing together at the event.