Iran's Tourist Destinations

Iranians are 89% Shia or Shiite Muslim, 9% Sunni Muslim, and 2% Zoroastrian, Jewish, Christian etc. The country is 51% Persian other athics are Kurdish, Lori, Gilaki, Mazi (Mazandarani), Baluch etc. Eeah of them has some speical characteristics (Music, Foods, Clothing, Local hobbies, manner and celebrations etc.).

Iranian Ethics and Behavior

Iranian are very kind and hospitable to the foreigners. I was searching on the internet and saw many travllers' posts about Iranian kindness. Some of them caught my attention:

A) “Everywhere has friendly people, but wait til you go to Iran!” See here

B)  "I’ve visited over 40 countries in my travels, and nowhere have I encountered a people kinder than the Iranians. Never did I feel like they were trying to flatter me; their actions and words always seemed sincere."

He describe 10 reasons show why Iranian are the Kindest People in the World (to Foreign Tourists): See here

During my stay in the country, I soon came to realize what everyone was talking about. Below is a list of ten things I encountered that I believe attest to the kindness of Iranians:

1. About 30 people a day would approach me on the street and ask “Is there anything I can help you with?” or “Welcome to Iran!”

2. About three time a day, complete strangers would ask me where my hotel was and invite me to stay with them. I ended up taking one person up on the offer once. Talk about budget travel!

3. When caught wandering along the street while looking at a map, people would take up to 30 minutes of their own time showing me the way to my destination.

4. Like Japan, it is common courtesy in Iran to give up your seat on the subway when an elderly person gets on. What surprised me is that many Iranians would give up their seat for me because I was a tourist. When I tried to tell them I was fine standing, they would reply: “You’re a tourist, right? Thank you for coming to Iran! Let me express my gratitude! Please, sit down!”

5. While visiting the Naqsh-e Jahan Square World Heritage Site in Esfahan, more than 20 people offered to have tea or lunch together, some with their families!

6. People would frequently come up to me and ask to take a picture together.

7. People would treat me to tea or a meal for no apparent reason. Whenever I tried to pay they decline to take my money.

8. Most stores don’t try to rip off tourists.

9. Foreign tourists are instant celebrities. Whenever I was in a tourist spot, I would be surrounded by Iranians asking me to take pictures with them or exchange contact information.

10. Nearly everyone you make eye contact with on the street smiles at you and says “Hello!” in English.

C)  "I've been twice to Iran. Iran is an amazing country.See here  . Why?

First: Iran is one of the safest places I've ever been to. Crime is much lower than in most European countries and USA..

Second: Iranian people are among the friendliest and most hospitable in the World;

Third: Iran is quite developed, clean, and its population are well educated and have cultural / political awareness.

D) Silvia said: "I mean, Iran is home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations, hosts thirteen UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and boasts beautiful landscapes stretching from dense rain forests to snowcapped mountains to desert basins. Plus, so many travelers whom I met in Central Asia absolutely raved about Iran. The hospitable people, delicious food and historic sites – how could I not add Iran to my travel itinerary?"   See here  

Iranian are kind

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National days and Festivals

A) Traditional

1- Nowruz

Nowruz is the traditional Iranian festival of spring which starts at the exact moment of the vernal equinox, commencing the start of the spring. It is considered as the start of the New Year among Iranians. The name comes from Avestan meaning "new day/daylight". Nowruz is celebrated March 20/21 each year, at the time the sun enters Aries and Spring begins. During the Noruz holidays people are expected to pay house visits to one another (mostly limited to families, friends and neighbours) in the form of short house visits and the other side will also pay you a visit during the holidays before the 13th day of the spring. Typically, on the first day of Nowruz, family members gather around the table, with the Haft Sin  on the table or set next to it, and await the exact moment of the arrival of the spring. They pray and wish a good year for theirselves. Typically, the youngers visit the elders first, and the elders return their visit later. ome Noruz celebrants believe that whatever a person does on Noruz will affect the rest of the year. So, if a person is warm and kind to their relatives, friends and neighbors on Noruz, then the new year will be a good one. Some Noruz celebrants believe that whatever a person does on Noruz will affect the rest of the year. So, if a person is warm and kind to their relatives, friends and neighbors on Noruz, then the new year will be a good one. Also, many people do a significant amount of "Spring Cleaning" prior to Noruz to rid the house of last year's dirt and germs in preparation for a good new year.

Haft sin

Haft sin




2- Sizdah Bedar

The thirteenth day of the New Year festival is called Sizdah Bedar (meaning "thirteen outdoors"). It often falls on or very close to April Fool's Day, as it is celebrated in some countries. People go out in the nature in groups and spend all day outdoors in the nature in form of family picnics. It is a day of festivity in the nature, where children play and music and dancing is abundant. On this day, people throw their sabzeh away in the nature as a symbolic act of making the nature greener, and to dispose of the bad luck that the sprouts are said to have been collecting from the household.

The thirteenth day celebrations, Seezdah Bedar, stem from the belief of the ancient Persians that the twelve constellations in the Zodiac controlled the months of the year, and each ruled the earth for a thousand years. At the end of which, the sky and the earth collapsed in chaos. Hence, Noe-Rooz lasts twelve days and the thirteenth day represents the time of chaos when families put order aside and avoid the bad luck associated with the number thirteen by going outdoors and having picnics and parties. At the end of the celebrations on this day, the sabzeh grown for the Haft Seen spread (which has symbolically collected all the sickness and bad luck) is thrown away into running water to exorcise the demons (divs) and evil eyes from the house hold.

It is also customary for young single women to tie the leaves of the sabzeh, prior to discarding it, symbolizing their wish to be married before the next year's Seezdah Bedar. When tying the leaves, they whisper.

Sizdah bedar

3- Chelle or Yalda Night

Shab-e Chelle or Shab-e Yaldā is an Iranian festival celebrated on the "longest and darkest night of the year, that is, in the night of the Northern Hemisphere's winter solstice. Calendarically, this corresponds to the night of December 20/21 (±1) in the Gregorian calendar. The longest and darkest night of the year is a time when friends and family gather together to eat, drink and read poetry (especially Hafez) until well after midnight. Fruits and nuts are eaten and pomegranates and watermelons are particularly significant. The red color in these fruits symbolizes the crimson hues of dawn and glow of life. The poems of Divan-e-Hafez, which can be found in the bookcases of most Iranians families, are intermingled with peoples' life and are read or recited during various occasions like this festival and at Nowruz.

Yalda night

Yalda party

4- Chaharshanbe Suri

Chahārshanbeh Suri is a fire jumping festival celebrated by Iranian peoples such as Persian people, Azerbaijani people and Kurdish people and some other people in the world. The event takes place on the eve of the last Wednesday before Nowruz. People set up bonfires and jump over them to cleanse themselves of all the misfortunes and impurities of the past year and get ready to welcome the coming New Year.

B) Islamic

1- Ramadan

 Ramadan  or Ramzan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief. This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The month lasts 29–30 days based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon, according to numerous biographical accounts compiled in the hadiths.

While fasting from dawn until sunset, Muslims refrain from consuming food, drinking liquids, smoking and so  on. Muslims are also instructed to refrain from sinful behavior that may negate the reward of fasting, such as false speech (insulting, backbiting, cursing, lying, etc.) and fighting. Food and drink is served daily, before dawn and after sunset. Spiritual rewards (thawab) for fasting are also believed to be multiplied within the month of Ramadan. Fasting for Muslims during Ramadan typically includes the increased offering of salat (prayers) and recitation of the Quran.




2- Eid ul-Fitr

Eid al-Fitr, "festival of breaking of the fast", also called Feast of Breaking the Fast, is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm). People give gifts and money to poor people, patients and the handicapped.

Eid ul-Fitr

3- Muharram

Muharram is a month of remembrance and modern Shia meditation that is often considered synonymous with Ashura. Ashura, which literally means the "Tenth" in Arabic, refers to the tenth day of Muharram. It is well-known because of historical significance and mourning for the martyrdom of Hussein ibn Ali, the grandson of Muhammad. Shias begin mourning from the first night of Muharram and continue for ten nights, climaxing on the 10th of Muharram, known as the Day of Ashura. The last few days up until and including the Day of Ashura are the most important because these were the days in which Imam Hussein and his family and followers (including women, children and elderly people) were deprived of water from the 7th onward and on the 10th, Imam Hussain and 72 of his followers were martyred by the army of Yazid I at the Battle of Karbala on Yazid's orders. The surviving members of Imam Hussein's family and those of his followers were taken captive, marched to Damascus, and imprisoned there.

Muharram Ashura

4- Nimeh Şabân

Celebration for the twelfth and final Shi'a Imam. The festival consists of some fireworks and decorating the cities with lights, bulbs and trees.

Nimeh shaban


5- Ghadr nights

The "Night of Qadr" towards the end of Ramadan, which is when the first verses of the Qur'an were revealed to Muhammad. Iranian stay awake the nights and light candles.

Ghadr nights- Qadr nights

6- Ghorban ceremony

"The Festival of Sacrifice". In Iran, Iranian sacrifice sheep and offer the meat to neighbors and also poor people for free. There is also a barbecue in almost every house.

Ghorban ceremony-Qorban

C) Islamic Revolution( Feb. 11th, 1979)

1- Ruhollah Khomeyni's return to Iran

Ruhollah Khomeyni's return

2- Islamic Republic Day (22 Bahman) [Feb. 11th]

22 bahman

22 bahman

22 bahman

3- Iran–Iraq War (September 22, 1980 – August 20, 1988)

Iran–Iraq War


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