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Mirnouroozi

Kooseh Gardi

Mirnouroozi is a comic play which was formerly common in Iran during Nourooz. This play which was performed in courts in ancient times, has been performed in open spaces, some villages, or coffee shops during recent years.


Reasons for selection

Mirnouroozi is a comic play which was formerly common in Iran during Nourooz. This play, which was performed in courts in ancient times, has been performed in open spaces, some villages, or coffee shops during recent years.


Area where performed

Western Iran


Essential elements of the performing art

Music, Theatre


Detailed explanation

Mirnouroozi is a play which was formerly performed in many parts of Iran during Nourooz. At that time, each area was governed by a ruler who was substituted by an ordinary, sometimes even ridiculous, person chosen from the people of that area for a few days to perform in this play, the accessories of which were provided by the people themselves. It was also customary for the substitute ruler to have some witty and jovial people as his helpers. In this play, there are character types known to the people such as the grand vizier, the right and left vizier, (responsible for carrying out logical as well as ridiculous orders respectively), secretary, soldiers, executioners, chorus, clown, etc.


Publication and textual documentation

already available


Audio documentation

no information at present


Visual documentation

no information at present


Institution/organisation involved in preservation and promotion

no information at present


Data provider

Ms. Laleh Taghian
Manager of publication
Center of Dramatic Arts
Address: Vahdat Hall, Ostad shahnar St., Hatez Ave., Tehran, Iran