Eid Ghadir biggest street festival in West Asia
WANA (July 7) – Eid Ghadir is a significant religious occasion celebrated by Shiite communities. Unlike other mourning processions such as Muharram and Arbaeen, which are held as street festivals, street celebrations, and carnivals are rare in Iran.
However, starting last year, on the anniversary of Imam Ali’s appointment as the successor to the Prophet Muhammad, the largest street celebration in Western Asia takes place across Iran. This street festival is the region’s grandest of its kind.
The Ghadir event dates back to 632 AD when Prophet Muhammad stated, during his farewell pilgrimage, that “Whoever I am his master, Ali is his master.” This declaration introduced Ali as the rightful successor and leader of the Muslim community. Shiites consider Imam Ali their first Imam and the true successor to the Prophet Mohammad.
The celebration of Eid Ghadir in Iran serves two main objectives. Firstly, it aims to restore joy and vitality to the community, particularly after the challenging events of the past year after the death of Mahsa Amini. This celebration serves as an opportunity for people to come together, express unity, and showcase solidarity. Secondly, the festival seeks to raise awareness and educate the general public, especially the youth, about the historical significance of the Ghadir event and the concept of Imamate in Shiite Islam.
The Eid Ghadir celebration witnessed a massive turnout of millions of people in Tehran and 17 other cities throughout Iran. Major streets and squares are decorated for the occasion, and numerous stations are set up to distribute free food and fruits to the attendees. And in some stages, toys and books are prepared to give to children.
The festivities include music and performances, competitions, and speeches by religious scholars and clergy. Additionally, temporary marketplaces are established to sell religious items and related souvenirs. The growing popularity of Eid Ghadir has made it a significant public event that receives social support and attention.
In summary, Eid Ghadir represents a vibrant Shiite celebration in Iran. It brings joy and unity to the community while raising awareness about the historical event of Ghadir and the concept of Imamate. With its grand street festivities, millions of participants, and various cultural programs, Eid Ghadir has become an important occasion in Iran’s social and religious calendar.