(Persia Digest) – The 14th Iranian ‘Ash Festival opened on Tuesday 13 August for three days at the Gavazang recreational center in Zanjan, northeastern Iran.
Twenty-one provinces are participating at the festival; there are also 80 handicrafts stands and nomadic black tents.
Cultural nights are also held with traditional performance groups in the open air cinema in Gavazang.
Persia Digest (PD) reports that the festival is held in Zanjan every year in which ethnic groups from across Iran cook different varieties of this special potage called ‘Ash in Persian with fresh herbs and legumes.
‘Ash is a traditional potage which is very popular across Iran and is value for money. There are around 400 different ‘Ash recipes across Iran. The simplest one is made with noodles, fresh herbes, legumes, and whey. It is garnished with sautéd garlic, onions, and mint.
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