Yazd is known as the first adobe city in the world. The historical area of Yazd, as the oldest adobe city in the world, has been registered in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Yazd Local Dishes
One of the most famous dishes of Yazd is chickpea gheimeh stew; very similar to regular gheimeh except that it contains chickpea as well. Chickpea meatball is one of the most popular dishes in Yazd, which is similar to Tabrizi meatball, but cooked in Yazdi style. Beh Aloo (plum- quince) stew, the traditional dish of this city, is suitable for those who like sour-sweet flavor.
Cooking all kinds of Aush in Yazd has a long history. In some types of Aush, pomegranate paste, verjuice or vinegar are used as flavoring. Different kinds of herbs are the main ingredients of Aush. Sholi Aush, wheat Aush, turnip Aush, cabbage Aush, pomegranate Aush and verjuice Aush are some examples of Yazd’s Aushes.
Yazd dishes are very tasty and delicious, so if you are the type of person who experiences local foods while traveling, you must try these foods on your trip to Yazd.
Staying in Yazd
You have countless choices for staying in Yazd. “Safaiyeh Hotel” is one of the oldest hotels in Yazd and has five stars. This hotel has all comfort and accommodation facilities in full; although there are so many hotels in Yazd and a lot of large three and four star hotels are ready to provide services to travelers.
In addition to hotels, there are also various motels in the city. Today, ecolodges are one of the most popular options for travelers to stay. By staying in these ecolodges, you can enjoy the local cuisine of cities and learn more about the culture and customs of local people. In fact, these ecolodges represent the full-scale traditional life of the people of each region and their culture.
Authentic and traditional restaurants in Yazd are so popular. Among the most famous restaurants and cafes in Yazd, we can mention “Talar-e Yazd” and “Malek Al-Tojar” which offer a variety of traditional authentic dishes and other foods to travelers and customers. Don’t be late to eat at these restaurants, because the food runs out quickly due to their high popularity. You can find plenty of good local restaurants around Khan bazaar and Lariha House Museum. If you are staying in an ecolodge resort, you can also enjoy the unique taste of local cuisine in there.
Culture and Customs of Yazd People
Most of the people of Yazd are Muslim and Shia, and a large group of Iranian Zoroastrians live in Yazd. The people of Yazd speak Persian with Yazdi accent, and Zoroastrians speak Zoroastrian Dari among themselves. Yazdi dialect is a part of Dari Persian.
People of Yazd have special ceremonies during celebrations and holidays as well as mourning. “Faul Kuze” is one of the most famous old customs common among Yazdi women and is celebrated with poetry. In this ceremony, women make intentions and take fortune in a traditional way.
Celebrations close to Nowruz also have a special atmosphere among the people of Yazd. One of these customs is throwing coins into old urns and throwing them from the roofs of houses. The coins reach needy people and in this way, people believe that ragging will go away from them. Lighting fire on the roofs on new year’s eve and cauterizing wild rue are also common among the people of Yazd.
In Yazd, recitation of the Ahl al-Bayt’s sufferings is held almost every day of the year. Nakhl Gardani in the first decade and last decade of Safar month is one of the religious rituals of this region. Sine-zani (chest beating) of Yazd people has a special order.
Different kind of Termeh, Shamad, Ziloo and Yazdi handkerchiefs are popular souvenirs. Pottery and ceramic dishes and carpets are among the best handicrafts of Yazd, and Zari-bafi has a long history in this city.