Zoroastrians from around the world hold annual pilgrimage in central Iran

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Zoroastrians from around the world have been holding their annual pilgrimage to a mountain shrine in central Iran.

The shrine, called Pir-e-sabz or Chak-Chak, is located about 6-hundred kilometers southeast of the capital Tehran. This is one of the most significant gatherings for the followers of the ancient belief. During this event, Zoroastrians get together in Iran’s Yazd Province to honor their heroine Nikbanou. Legend has it that Nikbanou sought shelter in the mountains while fleeing the Arab invasion of Persia in the seventh century. Followers gather behind priests dressed fully in white to symbolize purity. Zoroastrians then repeat words from their sacred book known as the Avesta, while holding up their hands.

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