As an Iranian interacting with many foreigners (those that are in all probability fascinated with Iran or journey to Iran), I encounter with many fascinating questions in my day-to-day life and I additionally uncover some fascinating, but ignored particulars about my nation and its tradition.
The questions usually vary from extra common matters like politics, economics and faith to tiny particulars about on a regular basis life of individuals in Iran.
Listed below are a number of the most frequent matters I’ve been requested as an Iranian. So let’s test it out to see in the event you additionally carry the identical doubts about this less-known land or not!
Do you reside sooner or later?
Once I speak about dates and calendars on the whole, our Iranian photo voltaic calendar is one in all weirdest particulars about Iran.
Individuals usually get shocked once they perceive that we use 3 official calendars within the nation and the primary one begins with the primary day of spring, and once they right here concerning the date, it sounds to them that we stay in one other period, in all probability sooner or later, as we’re about to start the yr 1400!
It’s Saturday, let’s go to work!
When most individuals all over the world are about to start out their weekend, individuals in Iran get able to go work, as a result of it’s Saturday! Sure, the week in Iran ends on Friday and so the weekend formally begins on Thursday.
So, it’s good to have this in thoughts when you find yourself organizing a visit to Iran, as it would have an effect on the main points of your plans in some ways!
Iranian meals is just not Indian meals!
In contrast to what many foreigners would possibly take into consideration Iranian gastronomy, we’re not on the whole accustomed to eat spicy meals as it’s so frequent in nations like India.
It’s true that we use extra spices than different nations on the whole, however these spices usually are not usually scorching and spicy they usually moderately deliver a special style to our meals.
It’s possible you’ll sense the style of turmeric, black pepper, saffron and cinnamon in lots of meals, however ultimately the meals gained’t be spicy (though it might positively be extra salty, sourer and stranger on the whole!!)
And do you may have it on in the home, too?
The hijab theme is at all times a controversial subject and normally arduous to clarify in some ways. It’s extra associated to the federal government guidelines and peoples’ beliefs than different topics.
So, no, we gown regular in our homes, though in the event you get invited to some conventional or non secular households’ homes, you would possibly see a girl having it on due to strangers in the home, because it broadly will depend on the household’s background and spiritual beliefs.
Who drives in Iran and the way?
Many foreigners have this concept that girls usually are not allowed to drive in Iran, however it isn’t true. Truly, they’ve had the chance to drive since a few years in the past they usually nonetheless do.
In truth, in my expertise, they’re higher drivers in huge cities like Tehran, as they respect the regulation greater than many males (relax! Simply an concept!!). However it’s true that driving in Iran on the whole would possibly shock (and even scare you!) in some moments!
Is it actually snowing in Tehran?
In contrast to the present picture of Iran, its capital and lots of different cities are inexperienced, with many beautiful bushes and funky climate and in reality, the three thousand and a few snow-capped mountains of Tehran, full the gorgeous picture of this metropolis.
We usually expertise snow within the metropolis through the winter, however you may see the snow on prime of the mountains (and even go snowboarding!) in different occasions of the yr in Tehran, too.
Iranian rap, Ghormeh Sabzi-Pizza?
Truly, it isn’t a really unusual and uncommon mixture. Iranian rap and different Iranian variations of various kinds of music have been advanced and developed through the up to date time and now have an appropriate background and historical past.
As an Iranian, I take heed to a lot of them, as there are some well-made raps, rocks and fusion variations of Iranian music with good Persian lyrics.
What would possibly sound unusual to you as a foreigner, would in all probability be listening to the Iranian classical music and Avaaz (or Awaz), which is an unmetered vocal part of a mode in Persian music and would possibly sounds unfamiliar or completely new to you.