It’s an excellent time for Iran festivals pretty much all year long. The festivals are spread in different seasons, and you could experience at least one festival each month. Also, due to the diversity of regional ceremonies and festivities, you’ll get to choose the time of your travels based on your personal schedule and preferences. You can then make a decision about which festival matches your schedule to attend. However, to give you a better insight into the timing of the festivals in Iran, we have divided them into different seasons. You could also check out our article about the best times to visit Iran to have a general idea of when is a good time to visit different regions.
Spring: Spring is an extraordinary time in Iran as the first day of spring also marks Norouz, the Iranian new year. We celebrate the new year in 13 days. There are festivities and ceremonies in different regions of Iran every day in the first two weeks of spring, along with many feasts in Iran. The last day which is the 13th is Sizdah Bedar. It is the nature day on which people picnic and celebrate mother earth in many ways. It is also one of the best seasons for Iran holiday packages. However, many other festivals happen during this season as well. Rosewater Festival, Fajr International Film Festival, and Pire Shalyar Festival are just a few to name.
Summer: A lot of Iranians travel in Iran during this season as well because they have summer holidays. Therefore, you’ll get to meet a lot of people from different regions of Iran wherever you go during this season. It will provide you an opportunity to connect more to the locals while participating in the Iran festivals held during this season. Examples of the bold ceremonies and gatherings that happen during this time are Tasua and Ashura (Muharram) and pomegranates celebration in Rudbar.
Fall: It’s the season that marks the first signs of the darkness. Fall brings shorter days and longer nights to Iran. It gets dark earlier. There is a need to bring light and warmth to these days, and it seems like our ancestors have thought of many ways to do so. Ferdinmasho Celebration in Kandelous and the Sahneh commemoration ceremony, which are both full of music, dance, and community, are great examples of ways to bring joy into these darker nights.
Winter: Since ancient times up to this day, the cold season has been an excuse for Iranians to get together. They gather with family and friends and enjoy each other’s company indoors. Most Iran festivals held during this season are connected to ceremonies around community gathering and the value of bonding together. Our ancestors believed it would be easier to bear the cold weather with the warmth of storytelling and heart to heart connections. Yalda, charshanbehsuri, and Koocheh music festival give warmth to different regions in Iran during the winter season.