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Gilani wrestling (In Persian košti gila-mardi)-An ancient competition

Ali Asadollahi Sooteh | Iran

The Wrestler prepares to start the competition before the race begins.

Amongst many interesting traditions of Gilan, you find Gilani wrestling (In Persian: košti gila-mardi) that I will look at it in this collection. The ceremony has its footprint remained in Iranian history since the fourth century (in Hijri lunar calendar) and it's very popular in Guilan and Mazandaran after cattle wars (In Persian: Jang'e Vozaarā). Gilani Wrestling includes many specific rules and rituals with an athletic spirit which is From the Western part of Mazandaran to Eastern Gilan, even now the competition is an entertaining event for local farmers in the summer evenings after harvesting rice.

The exercise is held periodically in different regions of the mentioned regions for several consecutive nights and the winners are awarded at the end of each course.

Amongst many interesting traditions of Gilan, you find Gilani wrestling (In Persian: košti gila-mardi) that I will look at it in this collection. The ceremony has its footprint remained in Iranian history since the fourth century (in Hijri lunar calendar) and it's very popular in Guilan and Mazandaran after cattle wars (In Persian: Jang'e Vozaarā). Gilani Wrestling includes many specific rules and rituals with an athletic spirit which is From the Western part of Mazandaran to Eastern Gilan, even now the competition is an entertaining event for local farmers in the summer evenings after harvesting rice.

The exercise is held periodically in different regions of the mentioned regions for several consecutive nights and the winners are awarded at the end of each course.

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