The 40th day of winter: Kurdistan Celebrates Pir Shaliar – in pictures

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The festival of Pir Shalyar is an old traditional ceremony in Kurdistan associated with the pre-Islamic, Zoroastrian times. It is held on the 40th day of winter. 

Pir (also translated as saint), Shaliyar is believed to have cured the daughter of the king of Bukhara; the ceremony intends to mark their marriage.

Uraman Takht, the city hosting the festival, is located in the eastern part of Marivan, Kurdistan.

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