Village and Tribe Day in Iran Date in the current year: October 7, 2017

Village and Tribe Day in Iran The 15th day of the month of Mehr (October 7 in the Gregorian calendar) is celebrated in Iran as Village and Tribe Day. The holiday was instituted in 2013 at the initiative of the Center for Rural Development to pay tribute to the residents of Iranian villages and their contribution to the development of the country’s economy.

Generally speaking, Iran has a fairly high urbanization percentage, but about 25% of the country’s population lives in rural areas. The percentage of rural population depends on the province. For example, Kerman has 42% of rural population. A significant part of rural residents constitutes representatives of nomadic and semi-nomadic Iranian tribes, such as Baloch people and Lurs.

Although the standard of living in rural areas of Iran has grown over the past few decades, the residents of Iranian villages still have to face numerous problems, including lack of drinking water, especially during droughts, lack of transport routes between villages and cities, and poor access to education and healthcare services. Village and Tribe Day was created to raise public awareness of these and other problems.

Village and Tribe Day in Iran is marked with events and activities aimed to express gratitude to rural residents for their contribution to the development of agriculture and other sectors of Iran’s economy.

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Iran

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Village and Tribe Day in Iran, holidays in Iran, official holidays, rural population, urbanization