Almost 50 years ago my aunt ignited a costume in my family that has lasted until today. When she realized her son’s health was deteriorating and nothing much could be done she made a deal with God, she offered an oblation. In fact, oblation is one the earth's oldest tradition that runs through almost all cultures and religions. It is a sort of symbolic offering of food, scarfing, or donating valuable things to God in exchange of gaining health, wealth, or a desire. Iran a country with Shiite Muslims holding the majority, each year in the month of Moharam represents the world largest votive offering ceremonies with all sorts of donations and offerings.
Now it has been half a century passed since the start of making pottage for donating in my aunt’s kitchen, the task that initially started with one pot on Saffar’s 28th and after he r son’s recuperation increased to five pots, these days neither my aunt nor her son is alive, but her legacy of food offering and pottage making still runs through her descendants. This year I have attended this hopefully everlasting family tradition to capture the scenes and documenting a half a century family tradition.