Population: 83,418; Center: Bandar-e- Genaveh; Distance to Bushehr: 105 km
-Mir Mohanna Island and Tourism Pilot Zone (known as Barniniyeh, south of Bandar-e- Rig)
-Jofeyr Tourism Pilot Zone and Coastal Park (in Genaveh)
-Bandar-e- Rig (Elamite era, with medical herbs such as borage and chamomile)
-Konar Arsh Forest (with plenty of ziziphus trees, near Bandar-e- Rig)
-Tudiv Cave ( in the vicinity of Qayed Heydar village)
-Mal-e- Qayed Rocky Shelter
-Gonbad Hill (Beton neighborhood, Genaveh)
-Hellah Lagoon (Dalaki and Shapur rivers’ confluent)
-Imamzade Soleiman Ibn Ali ( in Genaveh, influenced by Indian temples’ architectural style)
-Jey Mareh Pilgrimage Site (in Imamzadeh neighborhood, Genaveh)
-Khan Tower and Hussainia ( in Bandar-e- Rig)
Baba Kolu Fire Temple ( on Mal-e- Qayed road)
-Bandar-e- Genaveh Port.
Bushehr’s social fascinations are main parts of the attractions in region. There is no aboriginal nomadic tribe in this province, but certain tribes of Qashqayi live here for seven month of year. Due to the aridness, water has a significant value in Bushehr; in a way that performing different rain rituals has become a cultural characteristic of people’s lifestyle in this province. One of these ceremonies is called Tak Teku that is performed in three successive nights. In this ritual, two individuals cover their faces, taking a sive nights.
In this ritual, two individuals cover their faces, taking a sieve to others’ doorsteps. The landlords offer them bunch of cube sugars or tea, which would be taken to Imamzadeh and be distributed among the needy. They have a strong belief that following those three nights, there would be a rainfall. Gal Galin is other rain ceremony performed in Bushehr. Being situated in the proximity of equator and the possibility flashflood in the region, people would hold a controversial sun ritual to stop raining by sprinkling flour and salt in rain.
In the hot and humid summers, people would hold a special wind-blow ritual. Dom Dom Sahari is other ritual performed by people during the month of Ramadan (ninth month of the Islamic calendar and the fasting month of Muslim people). In early mornings of Ramadan, two men start drumming and singing in the streets to wake people up. Drumming is performed on Eid-e-Fotr as well (a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan), but this time they request a token gift from the residents. Wedding ceremonies in Bushehr are performed with amazing detailed local traditions as well.
The province’s music is mainly played by different wind instruments such as Ney Anban (bagpipe), Ney Jofti (double pipe) and Ney Taki (single pipe); and skin made instruments such as Damam and tambourine as well as cymbals and horns. Among these musical instruments, Damam, horn and cymbal are widely used in mourning ceremonies in the Day of Ashura ( day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar, commemorated by the Shiite Muslims as a day of mourning for the martyrdom of Hussein Ibn Ali at the Battle of Karbala) and on the commemoration day of the martyrdom of Imam Ali (the first Imam in Shiite belief and Imam Hussein’s father).
As a coastal province with a limited agriculture, farming and animal husbandry, the local foods in Bushehr are mainly sea food. Qalyeh is the most famous traditional food in Bushehr and come with different main ingredients. Different types of this food sre Qalyeh Mahi (fish, vegetables and tamarind), Qqlyeh Meygu (shrimp), Qalyeh Esfenaj (spinach, beans and minced meat), Qalyeh Bademjan (eggplant, tomato and beans), Qalyeh Kadu Torsh (zucchini), Qalyeh Berenj (rice) and Qalyeh Havij (carrot).
Shrimp Kebab, Abgusht Mahi (fish stew), shrimp schnitzel, Gemneh or Lelek (fried onion, and smoked and steamed wheat), Tandaz Mahi (fried fish with rice mixed with onion and vegetables), Reshteh (noodles which are cooked in a similar way as rice, mixed with fried eggplant or fried fish) and honey Halva sweets are among other local dishes. Mass production of date has made it the main ingredient in different local pastries and breads such as Ranginak, Changal, Kharak Pokhteh and different kinds of breads. In Kohak (east of Bandar-e- Rig) an interesting innovative method of veins farming is commonly practiced. In this method, veins are cultivated in a two-meter deep well. As the plant grows, its tap roots reach the water and no further watering is required.
Gabbeh Bafi (a kind of weaving), cloak weaving, mat weaving, Golabatun Duzi (sewing a silken string with plate of gold and silver, a traditional method of decorating women’s local outfits) and pottery are among the handicrafts in Bushehr. Lenj manufacturing is (a kind of local wooden dhow) also a deep rooted traditional production in Bandar-e- Rig.
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