|• Mayor||Hossein Ghaedi|
|Elevation||912 m (2,992 ft)|
|Time zone||IRST (UTC+3:30)|
|• Summer (DST)||IRDT (UTC+4:30)|
|Website||City of Gerash|
Gerash (Persian: گراش, also Romanized as Gerāsh and Girāsh) is a city in and the capital of Gerash County, Fars Province, Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 27,574, in 6,261 families.
People of Gerash speak Gerashi, a language with 2 main branches: Nassagi (ناساگی) and Barqe-Roozi (برق روزی, commonly known as Belalizi). Despite the high volatility in the population due to seasonal migration, the population is estimated to be at around 50,000 Gerashis.
Many Gerashis have emigrated to the UAE and other Persian Gulf countries, such as Bahrain, Kuwait, and Qatar, working in micro structural variety stores, manual commodity movements, confidential-exports by motorboats, and other similar professions. Recently, migrating locations have changed to include the United Kingdom, USA, and in some rare cases Canada. Foreign passport acquirement remains the primary reason for many of these migrations. The cost-effectiveness of Eastern Europe makes it a favorite destination for those students who have a passion for learning English.
The most notable monument in the city is Kalat. Being located in the center of the city, this hill has now come to shape the very architecture of Gerash, having residential areas built all around it. Historically, Kalat has been home to fierce warriors who've sought refuge in the now demolished "Kalaa" or fort that was built at some point in the city's history to protect it from offenders. Of the influential artefacts, Berka has had a special place in Gerashis' hearts. Numerous Berkas have been created by philanthropists to save people from dehydration. Such practice still continues in spite of the creation of modern water-pipe capabilities.
Gerashis refer to themselves as Khodmooni, a term literally meaning "part of ourselves" but figuratively used to refer to people from Gerash, Lar, Evaz, Khonj and other neighboring cities that share a common language known as "Achomi".
- Gerash can be found at GEOnet Names Server, at this link, by opening the Advanced Search box, entering "-3064072" in the "Unique Feature Id" form, and clicking on "Search Database".
- "Census of the Islamic Republic of Iran, 1385 (2006)" (Excel). Islamic Republic of Iran. Archived from the original on 2011-11-11.
- مهاجرین گراش - (In Persian)
- تلاش چشمگير مردم شهر گراش در بازسازی عتبات عاليات - (In Persian)