To mark an­niver­sary of global reg­is­tra­tion

Iran Daily - - Cultural Heritage & Environment - By Sadeq De­hqan & Katay­oon Dashti

fes­ti­val to celae­brate

the global reg­is­tra­tion of Yazd his­tor­i­cal city will be held to mark the an­niver­sary of this im­por­tant event, said di­rec­tor gen­eral of Yazd Cul­tural Her­itage, Hand­i­crafts and Tourism Or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Mostafa Fatemi told Iran Daily that street car­ni­val will be held on the side­lines of the event.

UNESCO added the his­tor­i­cal tex­ture of Yazd in cen­tral Iran to its list of world her­itage sites.

The site was in­scribed on the world her­itage list dur­ing the 41st ses­sion of UNSCO’S World Her­itage Com­mit­tee in Krakow, Poland, on July 9, 2017.

Fatemi fur­ther said that a cer­e­mony is to be held an­nu­ally to com­mem­o­rate the global reg­is­tra­tion of Yazd. In ad­di­tion, a sum­mer fes­ti­val will be held in Yazd, he said.

He ex­plained that the pro­grams will start in pro­vin­cial cities from June 22 and run un­til Septem­ber 6.

For ex­am­ple, sand sculp­tures fes­ti­val and date fes­ti­val will be held in Bafq, he added.

On des­ig­na­tion of days of Global Reg­is­tra­tion of Yazd Week, he said the first day is marked as ‘Day of Yazd Cul­ture and Art and Mu­sic Fes­ti­val of Desert Dwellers’.

The sec­ond day is ‘Day of Pahle­vani and Zoorkhaneh Rit­u­als’ and prac­tic­ing paraglid­ing.

The third day, which is con­cur­rent with Mar­tyr­dom An­niver­sary of Imam Ja’far Sadeq (PUBH) — sixth Imam of Shias — will be held at Iran­shahr Hus­seinieh in Yazd, ac­com­pa­nied with Nakhl-gar­dani cer­e­monies.

The fourth day is known as ‘Day of Co­ex­is­tence of Re­li­gions’, in which Jews and Zoroas­tri­ans will hold pro­grams along­side Mus­lims.

The fifth day is ‘Day of Art and Ar­chi­tec­ture’.

The street car­ni­val will be held across the city on the sixth and sev­enth days, he said, adding Yazdi char­ac­ters and per­son­al­i­ties, events oc­curred in Yazd cul­ture, and spe­cial cer­e­monies such as wed­ding rit­u­als will be put on dis­play.

On the growth in the ar­rival of for­eign tourists to Yazd, he said the Joint Com­pre­hen­sive Plan of Ac­tion (JCPOA) — the land­mark nu­clear deal signed be­tween Iran and the world ma­jor pow­ers in July 2015 — was very ef­fec­tive in in­creas­ing the num­ber of for­eign tourists to Yazd.

The global reg­is­tra­tion of Yazd also ac­cel­er­ated the trend of ar­rival of for­eign tourists to Yazd, he added.

Fatemi con­tin­ued that the num­ber of for­eign tourists grew to 110,000 in the year to mid­march 2018, in­di­cat­ing a 32-per­cent rise com­pared to the fig­ure for the year to mid-march 2017.

Yazd along with Shi­raz and Is­fa­han have drawn the high­est num­ber of for­eign tourists par­tic­u­larly Euro­peans, he said, adding, “This

in­di­cates the high po­si­tion of Yazd in tourism field.

“Cur­rently, Yazd has five glob­ally reg­is­tered mon­u­ments and 2,000 na­tion­ally reg­is­tered ones. Th­ese are our main as­sets and po­ten­tials in tourism sec­tor.”

Given the high his­tor­i­cal po­ten­tials of Yazd, bio­di­ver­sity and cul­tural di­ver­sity, he said, the city’s fu­ture should be de­ter­mined on ba­sis of tourism.

Tourism can be con­sid­ered as the most im­por­tant development path of the prov­ince, he added.

“Af­ter global reg­is­tra­tion of Yazd, the cases of destruc­tion of his­tor­i­cal tex­tures have less­ened. Lo­cal peo­ple se­ri­ously su­per­vise the is­sue and if a case of destruc­tion of his­tor­i­cal tex­ture oc­curs, they dis­sem­i­nate the news.”

To­day, the level of destruc­tion of old mon­u­ments and houses within the precincts of his­tor­i­cal tex­ture has de­creased, he said.

He also said there are strict le­gal pro­ce­dures to en­counter those who de­stroy his­tor­i­cal tex­tures. The ju­di­ciary has con­sid­ered heavy penal­ties even jail for those who vi­o­late the law, he con­cluded.

HOS­SEIN JA’FARI Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Yazd Cul­tural Her­itage, Hand­i­crafts and Tourism Depart­ment Mostafa Fatemi (R) talk­ing to Iran Daily re­porter.

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