As an Iranian interacting with many foreigners (those that are in all probability taken 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 normal matters like politics, economics and faith to tiny particulars about on a regular basis life of individuals in Iran.
Listed below are a few of the most frequent matters I’ve been requested as an Iranian. So let’s test it out to see when 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 basically, our Iranian photo voltaic calendar is one in every of weirdest particulars about Iran.
Individuals usually get stunned once they perceive that we use three official calendars within the nation and the principle one begins with the primary day of spring, and once they right here concerning the date, it sounds to them that we dwell in one other period, in all probability sooner or later, as we’re about to start the 12 months 1400!
It’s Saturday, let’s go to work!
When most individuals around the globe are about to start out their weekend, folks 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 small print of your plans in some ways!
Iranian meals shouldn’t be Indian meals!
In contrast to what many foreigners would possibly take into consideration Iranian gastronomy, we aren’t basically accustomed to eat spicy meals as it’s so widespread in nations like India.
It’s true that we use extra spices than different nations basically, however these spices will not be usually scorching and spicy they usually moderately deliver a distinct style to our meals.
You could sense the style of turmeric, black pepper, saffron and cinnamon in lots of meals, however ultimately the meals received’t be spicy (though it might undoubtedly be extra salty, sourer and stranger basically!!)
And do you will have it on in the home, too?
The hijab theme is at all times a controversial matter and often onerous 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 when you get invited to some conventional or spiritual households’ homes, you would possibly see a lady having it on due to strangers in the home, because it extensively depends upon the household’s background and spiritual beliefs.
Who drives in Iran and the way?
Many foreigners have this concept that ladies will not be allowed to drive in Iran, however it isn’t true. Truly, they’ve had the likelihood to drive since a few years in the past they usually nonetheless do.
Actually, in my expertise, they’re higher drivers in large cities like Tehran, as they respect the legislation greater than many males (relax! Simply an thought!!). However it’s true that driving in Iran basically would possibly shock (and even scare you!) in some moments!
Is it actually snowing in Tehran?
In contrast to the prevailing picture of Iran, its capital and lots of different cities are inexperienced, with many beautiful timber 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 possibly can see the snow on high of the mountains (and even go snowboarding!) in different occasions of the 12 months 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 several types of music have been developed and developed through the modern time and now have an appropriate background and historical past.
As an Iranian, I hearken to lots 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.