Madi Jahangir* – As soon as I arrived at the lake, I found myself in a snowball battlefield in which I only managed to save my camera. I wished so much that I could join the group and shoot them back with snowballs but I rather shoot them with photographs. As I heard the various accents of Gilaki language, I realised there were residents of Lahijan and tourists among them too, who had come from cities nearby. Young and old were out and playing with the first snow of this winter in my hometown, Lahijan.
The blanket of snow that Lahijan awoke to last week, is not really an unusual scene in winters here. The snow season often starts from December to February, except this year that the city didn’t witness generous amount of snowfalls. December brought a very mild spring-like weather that people in Lahijan had almost lost any hope of a good old white winter.
However, in case you haven’t heard, first snow of this winter finally hit northern Iran last week and every city was covered by snow. Areas in Mazandaran and Gilan province were heavily affected, bringing the memories of back then in 2005, when the cities were shut down by snow storm. Though this year’s snow in Lahijan brought more joy than trouble. Thanks to whoever responsible, we experienced no cut in electricity, water, gas or blocked roads.
For that matter, I could totally relate to the happiness that the snow brought into the city as just the sight of the white stuff on the roofs, streets and on the mountains which embrace my hometown dearly, was enough to thrill those of all ages.
Here more snow day pictures: