The vast majority of the people of Yazd province are Moslem and they are Shia. Therefore, the ceremony is being influenced by Islamic and national cultural behaviors and practices. Wedding ceremonies, national and religious festivals such as Nowruz, Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Ghadir Kum, Muhammad’s first revelation, and the birthday of the Prophet of Islam and the Imams, especially the 12th of them, are magnificent and detailed.
The “Nakhl Bardari” (picking up palm) ceremony, which has been customary in Yazd since ancient times, has a special appeal. The palm is known as the coffin of Imam Hussein. The palm is massive wood, shaped like a leaf of a tree that does not look like a date leaf. The palm, with black cloth, is black-headed, with hundreds of swords, knuckles, with special decorations such as mirrors, fruits, flutes, and silk-colored handkerchiefs on both sides of the palm tree.
Ceremonies related to Zoroastrian celebrations and festivals are of special interest. Wedding and marriage ceremonies take place in a series of steps. Monthly celebrations, archeological events called Gahonbaras, Nowruz of Jamshid, and the ceremonies of the end of the year, the birthday of Zoroaster, the Prophet of Persia and Ancient, and the celebration of the “Sadeh” or the commemoration of the Ahura Mazda appointed to Hooshang king of Pishdadi on the tenth day of Bahman month of the most important ceremonies of happiness They are held by some magnificent Zoroastrians.
The Passover is celebrated by the Jews for a period of 8 days for the salvation of the people of Israel by Prophet Moses in the “Hadesh” Synagogue of Yazd by a very small Jewish minority.