There are a number of customs and gestures that many people don’t know about them; actually nobody is totally immune to culture shock while traveling abroad. We've rounded up some of the most common customs. It will be beneficial if you can get some insight into traditional customs in Iran.
1. the most common greeting is "Salaam" which means peace.
2. While greeting at social events, men kiss other men and women kiss other women. If Iranian meets on the street a handshake is a common greeting.
3. Shaking hands with a child shows respect towards their parents.
4. When greeting people, older people should always be greeted first.
It contains different parts:
Mehrieh: the Gift
The groom must give the bride a gift or a Mehrieh which symbolized financial protectionThe Mehrieh is set during the first part of the wedding ceremony called "Aghd or knot"
Sofreh Aghd: the wedding spread
The Aghd ceremony takes place in a room with Sofreh Aghd, a special fabric spread that is set on the floor facing east in the direction of sunlight. The couples sit at the head of spread which often contains the following items:
Gold Coins a symbol of wealth and success.
Eggs or Nuts which represent fertility.
Two candelabras and a mirror representing light and fire.
Incense to ward off the evil eye.
Noon-e-sangak a flatbread with the blessing "mobarak baad".
Aroosi: the party
The Aroosi receptions follow the Aghd. Although the groom's family has traditionally paid for the wedding party,
modern couples often share the cost.
The funeral will take place either at the graveside and involve prayer and reading Quran. Before burial a prayer will be recited. The body will not be cremated as this is not permitted in Islam. Three days of mourning follows where visitors are received. Women avoid decorative jewelry and clothing. All the people dressed in black as a sign of respect to the mourner's family.
We have two different sorts of eating: Traditional and modern. In traditional one the family gathered together around Sofreh that is set on the floor but in modern form the family eats around the table. The second way is very common in European countries
1. Open-mouthed eating is considered rude to Iranian.
2. Blowing your nose while you are eating or in public is not only rude but considered repulsive.
3. It is a tradition to dress conservatively if you are being invited to an Iranian house for dinner, you must also try to arrive at the invited time as Iranians appreciate punctuality.
4. Drinking alcohol is strictly forbidden in Iran.
5. If you invite someone to go to the restaurant you should always pay for the meal.
6. If you are going to be more than 15 minutes late for a party, lunch or dinner, you should call to explain.
7. Pecking at food is not good at all.
2. The norm in Iran is to have only one or two children.
3. The custom of "Taarof" is a method of politeness which is includes both verbal and nonverbal communication. While adhering to Taarof, if an individual is ever offered something to drink or eat like a cup of tea or a sweet, the individual at first declines it even if he or she wants it, until his or her insistence becomes greater
4. You should take off your shoes while entering someone's house and mosques.
5. It is not polite to ask about someone's age or salary.
6. Throwing a thumb up considered rude as holding up a middle finger does for American
7. Being a few minutes late, or as we call it "fashionably late", is not good at all because leaving people waiting is taken as you thinking your time is more valuable than everyone else's.
8. Iranian often belittles their own achievements in order to appear humble
9. To signal to someone, put your hand out with your palm and curl your finger in a scratching motion.
10. To signal Yes dip your head down with a slight turn.
11. To signal No move your head up and back sharply
12. Muslims' holiday is Friday and the workweek in Iran is Saturday through Thursday.
13. If someone gives you a gift, thank the person and open it right away
14. When a visitor is leaving your home, you should walk with that person out the door
15. In public places like subway when it is too crowed you just give your seat to older people as a sign of respect.
16. In Iran children live with their parents before they get married
17. It is not common to see a woman smoking in the street.
18. Here the WC is separated from each other for men and women.
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