Local culture of Bandar Abbas is a collection of traditions that have been kept alive by the people of Bandar Abbas since ancient times. In most cities of Iran, indigenous cultures are gradually fading and giving way to new customs and habits. Fortunately, this is not the case in Bandar Abbas. The local people have largely preserved the indigenous culture of Bandar Abbas.
When we say “Native culture of Bandar Abbas”, what are we talking about? What exactly is this culture? Is it your question too?! In this article, we have included the answers to all of these questions. So join us to get more acquainted with the indigenous culture of Bandar Abbas.
Culture is a broad and concise concept that encompasses social behaviors and values. Interests, beliefs, customs, the way society reacts to social events and norms, clothing, lifestyle and etc. can be categorized in the form of an indigenous culture of a region. In the native culture of Bandar Abbas, the convention of holding a ceremony may seem a little strange! Some celebrations or the way they are organized may be new to you. Because of Bandar Abbas’s proximity to the sea and trade interactions with other countries, the coming and going of different ethnic groups to this city has always been common, and these interactions have had an impact on the native culture of Bandar Abbas. The following are some of the most popular and common celebrations of Bandar Abbas’ people:
Holding wedding ceremonies in each of the cities and villages of Iran has it’s own ritual. In the indigenous culture of Bandar Abbas, the people of this city have a special procedure for marriage ceremonies. The ports hold “Hanabandan” ceremonies for the bride and groom two nights before the wedding night.
The Hanabandan tradition is such that some of the relatives and friends of the bride and groom celebrate and dance together; and the main purpose of the Hanabandan ceremony is to be in the hands of the bride and groom. Another custom performed in the port of Hanabandan is that the bride’s family sends a plate of henna to the groom’s family home. The groom’s family does the same.
Another sweet tradition of Bandar Abbasis in the wedding ceremony is “Khancheh borun”. Khancheh is a large tray that grooms family fill it with colorful fabrics and dresses prepared for the bride, decorated with quotes and flowers. And the loved ones of the family carry this tray, along with the instrument and the drum, to the bride’s house. An interesting point in the native culture of Bandar Abbas is that the bride does not have to take a special dowry to the lucky house! (It is not common in other cities of Iran). But instead, the bride’s mother has to prepare a few handfuls of local clothes (which are relatively expensive) for her daughter at the wedding.
“Qibla Dua” is an important religious ceremony for the “Bandari’s” (people from Bandar Abas); and has a special place in the local culture of Bandar Abbas. The purpose of performing the qibla ritual is to pray for rain and pray for the rain of divine mercy. When it does not rain for a long time and the water of the wells and it’s reserves deplete, the locals turn to God for the qibla dua ceremony to benefit from the mercy of the rain.
People walk in groups in the markets and bazaars and start reading a special poem many times. And other people in response say: “Inshallah” (means God willing). During the ceremony, which lasts for two days, people cook nazri (sacrificial food); and distribute it among the poor so that the doors of divine mercy opens because of this good deed. Rain fasting is also part of this ceremony.
In cities with warmer climates, locals often ask for rain during special ceremonies to make it rain and make their lands and gardens prosper. This case has it’s own place in the native culture of Bandar Abbas. Earlier, we got acquainted with the Qiblah Dua ceremony, which was similar. The ritual of sacrificing for the rain has the same purpose.
The difference is that people sacrifice several sheep in it; and after the prayers they’ll serve the poor and needy with food cooked using the sacrificed sheep. It is interesting to know that the natives believe in this rain ceremony so much that every year before the ceremony, they clean the water tanks to store the rain water in the best way.
Obviously, in the past, games and entertainment were quite different from today. In introducing the native culture of Bandar Abbas, we decided to go for the local games of Bandar Abbas to get familiar with the traditional entertainment of Bandar Abbas. However, the charm of these games is a thing of the past and is not very popular today. The local games of Bandar Abbas are: Kalmcha, Rambaza, Dartopa, Debya and Jokia. In all of these games, Bandaris used simple tools such as stone and wood to play.