As an Iranian interacting with many foreigners (those that are in all probability involved in 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 among 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?
After I speak about dates and calendars normally, our Iranian photo voltaic calendar is considered one of weirdest particulars about Iran.
Individuals usually get shocked after they perceive that we use three official calendars within the nation and the principle 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, 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 around the globe are about to begin 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 main points of your plans in some ways!
Iranian meals is just not Indian meals!
Not like what many foreigners would possibly take into consideration Iranian gastronomy, we’re not normally accustomed to eat spicy meals as it’s so frequent in international locations like India.
It’s true that we use extra spices than different international locations normally, however these spices should not usually scorching and spicy and so they reasonably convey a special 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 will undoubtedly be extra salty, sourer and stranger normally!!)
And do you might have it on in the home, too?
The hijab theme is all the time 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 costume regular in our homes, though when you get invited to some conventional or spiritual households’ homes, you would possibly see a girl having it on due to strangers in the home, because it broadly depends upon the household’s background and non secular beliefs.
Who drives in Iran and the way?
Many foreigners have this concept that girls should not allowed to drive in Iran, however it isn’t true. Really, they’ve had the chance to drive since a few years in the past and so they nonetheless do.
In actual fact, in my experience, they’re higher drivers in massive cities like Tehran, as they respect the legislation greater than many males (settle down! Simply an thought!!). However it’s true that driving in Iran normally would possibly shock (and even scare you!) in some moments!
Is it actually snowing in Tehran?
Not like the present picture of Iran, its capital and plenty of different cities are inexperienced, with many pretty bushes and funky climate and actually, the three thousand and a few snow-capped mountains of Tehran, full the gorgeous picture of this metropolis.
We usually experience 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 yr in Tehran, too.
Iranian rap, Ghormeh Sabzi-Pizza?
Really, 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 through the modern time and now have an appropriate background and historical past.
As an Iranian, I take heed 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.