(Persia Digest) – The second day of March is the Baluch World Culture Day, a culture that not only survives in vast sections of Iran's southeastern Sistan and Baluchistan Province, but is also one of the oldest world cultures in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The reason that Baluch Culture Day is called a world day is because it is one of the oldest cultures, and the precursor of urbanization and civilization. Regrettably, this rich culture is not upheld properly in Iran nowadays.
Sistan and Baluchestan is the second largest province in Iran. The Baluchi culture originates from one of the first advanced human civilizations and urban community centers. Shahr-e Sūkhté (The Burnt City), Iranian mythological champion stories, Rustam and the stories of Shahnameh, the land of windmills, Dahaneh-ye Gholaman, a successful architectural example of an Achaemenid city, Mount Khwaja, the stronghold of the Parthian-Sassanid era, and the art and civilization of ancient Iranian culture, are among historical wonders of this ancient land.
Sistan is a strange and mysterious area in Iran, a land that has had many stories from many past days.
The Burnt City, a 5000-year-old city, and the best center of urbanization in the Bronze Age is a combination of beauty, creativity, industrial skills and the past culture of the Baluch. As you walk in the city, you see broken pottery thousands of years old under your feet, so that you do not have the heart to set foot on the ground with peace of mind. The Burnt City is one of the historical and ancient sites dating back to the Bronze Age of Jiroft civilization in Sistan and Baluchestan Province in Iran. The city gets its name from the fact that in the past, people would dig in the ground and make fires to cook food. Thus, the first archaeologists visiting the city, saw a wide area of ash, and the first name they gave the area was the Burnt City.