As an Iranian interacting with many foreigners, I encounter with many fascinating questions in my day-to-day life and I additionally uncover some fascinating, but missed 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 here are a few of the most frequent matters I’ve been requested as an Iranian. So let’s test it out to see for those who 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 typically, our Iranian photo voltaic calendar is certainly one of weirdest particulars about Iran.
Folks usually get shocked after they perceive that we use three official calendars within the nation and the primary one begins with the primary day of spring, and after they right here concerning the date, it sounds to them that we stay in one other period, most likely sooner or later, as we’re about to start the yr 1400!
It’s Saturday, let’s go to work!
When most individuals world wide 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 if 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 is just not Indian meals!
In contrast to what many foreigners may take into consideration Iranian gastronomy, we aren’t typically 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 typically, however these spices will not be usually scorching and spicy they usually slightly convey a distinct style to our meals.
Chances are you’ll 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 typically!!)
And do you might have it on in the home, too?
The hijab theme is all the time a controversial matter and often exhausting to elucidate 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 for those who get invited to some conventional or spiritual households’ homes, you may see a girl having it on due to strangers in the home, because it extensively relies on the household’s background and non secular 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 chance to drive since a few years in the past they usually nonetheless do.
The truth is, in my expertise, they’re higher drivers in massive cities like Tehran, as they respect the regulation greater than many males (settle down! Simply an thought!!). However it’s true that driving in Iran typically may 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 plenty of different cities are inexperienced, with many beautiful bushes and funky climate and actually, the three thousand and a few snow-capped mountains of Tehran, full the attractive picture of this metropolis.
We usually expertise snow within the metropolis throughout the winter, however you’ll be able to see the snow on high 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 several types of music have been advanced and developed throughout the up to date 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 may sound unusual to you as a foreigner, would most likely be listening to the Iranian classical music and Avaaz (or Awaz), which is an unmetered vocal part of a mode in Persian music and may sounds unfamiliar or completely new to you.