Why visit Iran

Why Visit Iran

An authentic journey to Iran awaits you. Here are Ten reasons that would help you book that flight to Iran and get away for a few days.

1. Safe

Ask anyone who has traveled to Iran. They would most certainly tell you that travelling in Iran can be an eye-opening experience as soon as you are there, you will find that the reality is far removed from how media portraits it. Iran is a country wanting to be seen for what it is, a safe and family friendly country.

2. UNESCO World Heritage

Currently, Iran is the host of twenty-three UNESCO world heritage sites, including 22 cultural and 1 natural landscape which are scattered around the country. The number of registered world heritage sites in Iran is increasing. There are countless numbers of unique natural sites and of course gorgeous monuments all over Iran which will be registered by UNESCO as a heritage site in the near future. On this list you can find the names of some Palaces, Mosques, Gardens, even an entire city and remnants of the Persian Empire from different dynasties. they all share one common feature: they offer something beyond the ordinary.

3. The Food

Iran is the ultimate destination for food lovers. From delicious lamb kebabs to flavorful stews, there are various delicious dishes for people with different taste preferences. Here is the list of some Persian dishes you must try.

4.Hospitality runs in Iranian blood

The famous Persian hospitality is reflected in lifestyle and manners of Iranians. After Arriving in Iran and while you are thinking to yourself and feeling like you are in an unknown country which you cannot understand the language, you will be faced by their deep kindness. They would invite you to their houses as a guest and treat you as a member of their family.

5. Ancient History

Iran is an ancient country with a strong sense of culture. The ancient culture of Iran has influenced its people for centuries. Iran is full of historic wonders.

6. Rich Architecture

From ancient times, Iranian architects have open new doors of architecture to the world. Each city has its own unique architecture. Hidden secrets in the details of each monument are waiting to be discovered by your curious eyes.

7. Unique Handicrafts

Iranians are amongst the most skilled artisans. The most mysterious pieces of art such as miniature, calligraphy, inlaid work, carpet weaving and gilt work are just a few of those reflecting the Iranian life style. In 2015, Isfahan chosen as “World Crafts City” by World Crafts Council (wccinternational.org)

You can find more information about various artworks of handicrafts here…

8. Still Cheap (a budget destination)

A great thing about Iran is that there are so many free attractions. Besides, the cost of accommodation and entrance ticket fees are not as expensive as many of the places around the world.

9. Natural Beauties Everywhere

From Islands, Waterfalls, Caves, Forests, Canyons, Valleys, Salt Plains to Highest Mountains and Hottest Deserts. The country’s breathtaking and often mysterious natural wonders is as varied as its ethnic diversity.

10. Diverse and Undiscovered Country

Iran is a diverse and exciting city with some of the world’s best sights, attractions and activities. Iran, proudly hosts a diverse population with so many different dialects and cultural backgrounds.
With so much undiscovered places that are calling for you. After all, Iran’s surface is three times the size of France so, imagine all the incredible places you can discover in Iran!

”There are some things you would never know until you experience them in person.”

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Yalda Night

The devil has fallen and the light is born

Every year, on December 21, the last day of Azar in Persian calendar, Iranians around the world celebrate the arrival of winter which is the longest night of the year. Yalda, one the most ancient Persian festivals, also called Zayeshmehr or Shab-e Cheheleh all meaning the ”night of birth”, is a symbol of the defeated darkness by light and the birth of Mithra (the goddess of light). Yalda night celebration dates back to the ancient times when the majority of Persians were followers of Zoroastrianism.

On this night, family members and friends get together. Traditionally, they gather around a ”Korsi” which is a low square table covered by a blanket with a heater placed under the table. Usually, families stay in the house of the eldest in the family and stay awake all night, eat fruits, nuts and sweets.

Reciting from the poems of Hafez (Hafez-Khani) and old mythologies is another special Yalda related tradition that has been passed down through the years.

Watermelon is served as one of the main traditions of Yalda night. Ancient Persians believed that those who begin winter by eating summer fruits would not fall ill all through the cold winter. Pomegranates with angelica powder are also served on this night as reminders of the cycle of the life. The purple covering around a pomegranate symbolizes birth (or dawn), and the red glowing seeds the glow of life.

Yalda Night is also celebrated in countries such as Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and some Caucasian states such as Azerbaijan and Armenia.

Yalda night celebration is an opportunity to rejoice in the company of our beloveds.

Events

Yalda under the Korsi of Chaharbagh 2018
Celebrate the last days of fall
19 December– 21 December 2018


Iran Seasons

Iran, located at the crossroads of four geo-climatic zones, is one of the unique four season countries in the world. From the hot deserts in winter to the mountains where the temperature drops to minus 2°C in summer. In some regions you can experience summer and winter in half a day.

In the north the lands are covered with green forests. Caspian Sea coast has sub-tropical weather with moderate climate. Alborz mountain range, separates the north from the dry center. Heavy rainfalls occur mostly during spring and winter, but it is a fantastic destination in May and September and perfect for: beaches, water sports, views, outdoor activities and adventure.

With hot and humid climate, Iran is led to the Persian Gulf in the south. beautiful Palm trees as a symbol of Southern Iran are lined along the beaches and swaying in the wind on city streets. Best Time to Visit the south of Iran for the beaches is from February to May.

in the east and the center of this vast land Hot deserts with running sand and nights full of stars, are located. Dasht-e Loot, one among many of the deserts, has the hottest ground temperatures on Earth. The best time to visit is in the spring or fall.

In the west of Iran, mostly the northwest, the high mountains with heavy snowfall, have always caused cold and subfreezing temperatures. some Mountains are covered vastly with oat and walnut trees. For mountaineers, the climbing window between April and May is one of the best times.

  • Spring

    from April to June

    Weather is typically fairly mild and most of the rainfall occurs during the spring and winter. Spring is a fairly short season in Iran and one of the advisable seasons to visit Iran.

  • Summer

    from July to September

    Daily temperatures can be very hot in most regions. high humidity specially on the southern coastal areas of the Persian Gulf. on some days, temperatures can reach easily 40°C or more.

    Summer

  • Fall

    from October to December

    the majority of travelers visit Iran in fall season from late September to December. in most of the areas, the weather is neither too cold nor too warm.

  • Winter

    from January to March

    Iran’s mountainous regions are the most likely regions for snow. During winter, the weather in southern regions of Iran is often mild. Sometimes the cold air blowing from Siberia cause mild temperature drops.

    Winter

”it is never guaranteed that what happened in the past will happen in the future. But It does gives us a valuable view point.”

Isfahan weather by month

January

Winter in Isfahan is typically cold. If you visit now, you will definitely need to bring winter clothing. On average, however, snowfall does not occur frequently.

February

low temperatures are still quite chilly. You will still need to be prepared for cold days by packing plenty of warm winter clothing.

March

March is one of the high seasons in Isfahan. Just before the beginning of springtime. It is likely to be cold but, there is a noticeable warming. You can feel that the weather is beginning to improve. Bring a mix of clothing, including items for both mild and cold weather.

April

With more sun and longer days, things are starting to warm up a little bit. temperatures are average on the cool side. It is unlikely to be warm but rather more fresh and breezy weather. Expect a mix of sunny and rainy days. April is another high season in Isfahan.

May

It is starting to feel more like spring now, things are noticeably warming now, however, during the first half of the spring it can still get cold.

June

sunny days with the average to high temperatures. You will need mostly lightweight clothing with summer just around the corner.

July

July is one of the warmest months of the year in Isfahan. July marks a big change, with summer officially here, and temperatures have increased significantly.

August

August continues those warm days and summer sunshine.

September

While it is still summer, temperatures begin to gradually cool. While September marks the end of summer and temperatures start to cool, the first half of the month is still quite warm. You are likely to need a few items for cooler days and nights.

October

With the arrival of fall with things cooling down, a chill is likely to be in the air by now. though you’re still likely to enjoy a number of warm and sunny days.

November

Most days are chilly so you will have to be prepared for the cold. Nights are particularly chilly. Days are shorter and there is less sunshine

December

Daytime temperatures typically range between 5°C to 8°C while nighttime lows hover around 3°C. Bring your winter clothing.

The four seasons of the year in the colors of tinted glass windows, as green for spring, red for summer, yellow for fall, and blue for winter

Volunteering and its Surprising advantages


With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous to you, your family, and your community. The right match can help you to reduce stress, find friends, reach out to the community, learn new skills, and even advance your career. Giving to others can also help protect your mental and physical health.

For your own benefits, help make Isfahan a better place for travelers

Why volunteer?

Volunteering offers vital help to people in need, worthwhile causes, and the community, but the benefits can be even greater for you, the volunteer. Volunteering and helping others can help you reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated, and provide a sense of purpose. While it’s true that the more you volunteer, the more benefits you’ll experience, volunteering doesn’t have to involve a long-term commitment or take a huge amount of time out of your busy day. Giving in even simple ways can help others those in need and improve your health and happiness.

Volunteering: The happiness effect

Benefits of volunteering: 3 ways to feel healthier and happier

  1. Volunteering connects you to others
    • Make new friends and contacts
    • Increase your social and relationship skills
  2. Volunteering is good for your mind and body
    • Volunteering helps counteract the effects of stress, anger, and anxiety
    • Volunteering combats depression
    • Volunteering makes you happy
    • Volunteering increases self-confidence
    • Volunteering provides a sense of purpose
    • Volunteering helps you stay physically healthy
    • Volunteering can advance your career
    • Teaching you valuable job skills
    • Gaining career experience
  3. Finding the Right Career
    • Volunteering brings fun and fulfillment to your life

Tips for getting started

First, ask yourself if there is something specific you want to do.

For example, do I want…

…to make it better around where I live
…to meet people who are different from me
…to try something new
…to do something with my spare time
…to see a different way of life and new places
…to have a go at the type of work I might want to do as a full-time job
…to do more with my interests and hobbies
…to do something I’m good at

The best way to volunteer is to match your personality and interests. Having answers to these questions will help you narrow down your search.

How to find the right volunteer opportunity

There are numerous volunteer opportunities available. The key is to find a volunteer position that you would enjoy and are capable of doing. It’s also important to make sure that your commitment matches the organization’s needs. Ask yourself the following:

  • Would you like to work with humans, or remotely from home?
  • Do you prefer to work alone or as part of a team?
  • Are you better behind the scenes or do you prefer to take a more visible role?
  • How much time are you willing to commit?
  • What skills can you bring to a volunteer job?
  • What causes are important to you?

Consider several volunteer possibilities

Don’t limit yourself to just one organization or one specific type of job. Sometimes an opportunity looks great on paper, but the reality is quite different. Try to visit different organizations and get a feel for what they are like and if you click with other staff and volunteers.

How much time should you volunteer?

Volunteering doesn’t have to take over your life to be beneficial. In fact, research shows that just two to three hours per week, or about 100 hours a year, can confer the most benefits—to both you and your chosen cause. The important thing is to volunteer only the amount of time that feels comfortable to you. Volunteering should feel like a fun and rewarding hobby, not another chore on your to-do list.

Getting the most out of volunteering

You’re donating your valuable time, so it’s important that you enjoy and benefit from your volunteering. To make sure that your volunteer position is a good fit:

Ask questions. You want to make sure that the experience is right for your skills, your goals, and the time you want to spend. Sample questions to your volunteer coordinator might address your time commitment, if there’s any training involved, who you will be working with, and what to do if you have questions during your experience.

Make sure you know what’s expected. You should be comfortable with the organization and understand the time commitment. Consider starting small so that you don’t over commit yourself at first. Give yourself some flexibility to change your focus if needed.

Don’t be afraid to make a change. Don’t force yourself into a bad fit or feel compelled to stick with a volunteer role you dislike. Talk to the organization about changing your focus or look for a different organization that’s a better fit.

If volunteering overseas, choose carefully. Some volunteer programs abroad can cause more harm than good if they take much-needed paying jobs away from local workers. Look for volunteer opportunities with reputable organizations.

Enjoy yourself. The best volunteer experiences benefit both the volunteer and the organization. If you’re not enjoying yourself, ask yourself why. Is it the tasks you’re performing? The people you’re working with? Or are you uncomfortable simply because the situation is new and familiar? Pinpointing what’s bothering you can help you decide how to proceed.

Source: helpguide.org

Apply for Volunteer Positions

Positions:

  1. Content Creator
  2. Social Media Content Creator
  3. Photographer
  4. Tourism Expert

Requirements:

  • Advanced Level of English
  • Communication skills
  • Interest in tourism industry
  • Ability to work as a team member

Contact us for declaration via: social@isfahaninfo.com


How to speak Persian

Persian, also called Farsi is a language as beautiful as its region of origin. Persian language opens the way to the Iranian culture. Learning Persian essential phrases will give you a kick-start in speaking Persian. Like anything else, you’ll have to learn some basics first. It’s good to know some essential Persian phrases if you’re travelling to Iran. Persian is mainly spoken in Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and countries which historically were under Persian influence.

Essential

English

Persian How to read

Hello

سلام

درود

Salām

Doroud

Good Morning

صبح بخیر Sobh Be Kheir

Good Evening

عصر بخیر Asr Be Kheir

Goodbye

خداحافظ

Khodāhāfez

See you later تا بعد

Ta ba’d

Yes

بله

Bale

No

نه Na

Excuse me!

لطفاً Lotfan

Thanks

ممنون Mamnoon
Thanks a lot خیلی ممنون

Kheili mamnoon

Thank you for your help ممنون از کمکتون

Mamnoon az komaketoun

Don’t mention it

خواهش می کنم Khāhesh mikonam

Ok

باشه Bāshe
How much is it? قیمت این چنده؟

Gheymate in chande?

Sorry! ببخشید

Bebakhshid

I don’t understand

نمی فهمم Nemifahmam

I get it

فهمیدم Fahmidam
I don’t know نمیدونم

Nemidounam

Forbidden ممنوع

Mamnoo

Excuse me, where are the toilets?

ببخشید دستشویی کجاست؟ Bebakhshid dastshooei kojāst?

Happy New Year!

سال نو مبارک Sale no mobārak
Happy birthday! تولدت مبارک

Tavalodet mobārak

Happy holiday! عیدت مبارک

Eidat mobārak

Congratulations! مبارک باشه

Mobārak Bāshe

Useful phrases:

Learn essential sentences and study phrases that you will commonly use when speaking Persian. Learning words in the context of sentences and conversation helps you with remembering them.

Conversation

English

Persian How to read

Hello. How are you?

سلام. چطوری؟ Salām. Chetouri?

Hello. I’m fine, thank you

سلام. خوبم. ممنون Salām. Khobam. Mamnoon.

Only a little bit

فقط یه کم

Faghat ye kam

Where do you come from? اهل کدوم کشوری؟ا

Ahle kodoum keshvari?

What is your nationality? ملیتت چیه؟

Meliatet chie?

And you, do you live here?

تو هم اینجا زندگی میکنی؟ To ham injā zendegi mokoni?

Yes, I live here

آره اینجا زندگی میکنم. Are injā zendegi mikonam

My name is Sarah, what’s your name?

اسم من ساراست. اسم تو چیه؟

Esme man Sara ast. Esme to chie?

What are you doing here? اینجا چیکار میکنی؟

Injā chikar mikoni?

I am on holiday اومدم تعطیلات

Oumadam tatilāt

We are on holiday

اومدیم تعطیلات Oumadim tatilāt
I am on a business trip سفر کاری اومدم

Safar kāri oumadam

I work here

اینجا کار میکنم Inja kār mikonam
We work here اینجا کار میکنیم

Inja kār mikonim

Where are the good places to go out and eat?

کجاها میشه یه غذای خوب خورد؟

Kojāhā mishe ye ghazaye khob khord?

Is there a museum in the neighborhood?

این اطراف موزه هست؟ In atrāf mooze hast?
Where could I get an internet connection? کجا می تونم به اینترنت وصل شم؟

Kojā mitounam be internet vasl besham?

 

Time

English

Persian How to read
Day روز Rooz
Night شب Shab
Yesterday ديروز DeeRooz
Today امروز emRoozEmRooz
Tomorrow فردا faRdāFaRdā
Week هفته haftehHafteh
Month ماه mMāaah
Year سال sālSāl
Second ثانيه sāneeyeSāneeye
Minute دقيقه daqeeqeDaqeeqe
Hour ساعت sā’atSā’at
Morning صبح sobhSobh
Evening عصر ‘asrAsr
Noon ظهر zohrZohr
Afternoon بعد از ظهر ba’ad Ba’d az zohr
Midnight نصف شب nesf Nesf-e shab
Now اکنون – حالا aknoonAknoon – Hālā
Later بعداً ba’danBa’dan

 

Weekday

English

Persian How to read
Saturday شنبه Shanbe
Sunday یکشنبه Yek shanbe
Monday دوشنبه Do shanbe
Tuesday سه شنبه Seh shanbe
Wednesday چهارشنبه Chehār shenebeh
Thursday پنج شنبه Panj shanbeh
Friday جمعه Jom’e

Note: Persian week starts on Saturday and Friday is weekend.

Numbers

Number Persian How to read Number Persian How to read
0 صفر Sefr 17 هفده Hef-Dah
1 یک Yek 18 هجده Hej-Dah
2 دو Do 19 نوزده Nooz-Dah
3 سه Se 20 بیست Bieest
4 چهار Chahāaar 30 سی Siee
5 پنج Panj 40 چهل Chehel
6 شش Shesh 50 پنجاه Panjāh
7 هفت Haft 60 شصت Shast
8 هشت Hasht 70 هفتاد Haftād
9 نه Noh 80 هشتاد Hashtād
10 ده Dah 90 نود Navad
11 یازده Yāz-Dah 100 صد SādSad
12 دوازده Davāz-Dah 1,000 هزار Hezār
13 سیزده SeezSiz-Dah 10,000 ده هزار Dah -Hezār
14 چهارده Chāahāar-Dah 50,000 صد پنجاه هزار Panjāh Sad Hezār
15 پانزده Pāanz-Dah 100,000 صد هزار Sad Hezār
16 شانزده Shāanz-Dah 1,000,000 یک میلیون Yek Milion

 

Address

English

Persian How to read
Street خیابان Khiyabaan
Alley کوچه Kouche
Market سوپر مارکت Souper maarket
Restaurant رستوران Restouran
Drugstore داروخانه Daaroukhaneh
Hospital بیمارستان Bimaarestaan
Fire station آتش نشانی Atashneshaani
Police پلیس Police

 

Meal

English

Persian How to read

Vegetarian

گیاه خوار Giyah khaar

Breakfast

صبحانه sobhaneh

Lunch

ناهار nahar

Dinner

شام sham
Snack میان وعده

Miyan vadeh

Delicious خوشمزه

Khoshmaze

distasteful food بد مزه

Bad maze

 

Colors

English

Persian How to read

Black

مشکی meshki
white سفید

sefid

yellow

زرد zard
red قرمز

ghermez

blue

آبی aabi

green

سبز

sabz

Related Book

Farsi (Persian) Phrasebook & Dictinary

 

From Paris to Isfahan (Raid Orion Revival)

Raid Orion Revival

Champs Elysees St, Paris, 1972. More than 100 motorcyclists left Paris for a 7,000-kilometer journey to Isfahan, Iran. “Raid Orion” was the name they choose for this amazing trip. They went through winding roads, crossing cities and countries. Passing by eye-catching sights along the way, they eventually reached Isfahan, the most beautiful city in Iran.

Troubled relationships caused Raid Orion to be gradually forgotten between the two countries. After 45 years, however the journey is revived under the name ROR (Raid Orion Revival) which successfully welcomed participants from the two countries as well as countries along the route. The tour of 2018 started in Champs Elysees Street in July 15th, riding over 7,000 kilometers in 20 days, finally ending up in Naqsh-e Jahan Square, Isfahan in August 4th. The trip included 25 French and Swiss motorcyclists. The team was accompanied by a group of medical and technical specialists for contingencies along the long-distance route. The media reflection of this journey excited 120 motor boaters to announce their desire for the next year’s rally. This year’s trip started off from Paris and continued through the common France-Germany border. The countries along the route are as follows:

Paris – Northeast France – Germany – Austria – Hungary – Romania – Bulgaria – Turkey – Iran

The team arrived in Iran from the Bazargan border and reached Isfahan after passing through the cities of Tabriz, Rasht and Tehran.

Just arrived at Naqsh-e Jahan Square after 20 days of road ride

According to Mr. Hanaei, one of the directors of the tour, due to the type and nature of the tour, the popularity of the Motor Vehicles team was very impressive and exciting. Mr. Hanaei said the lack of classified tourism information is one of the problems of the tourism industry in Iran, adding that the ROR motorcyclist’s team is expected to be well informed about the tourist attractions of the cities on the route so that the team can make best use of their journey. He added that some tourist attractions are known in various cities, but the number of attractions in Iran is far beyond what is known worldwide. He said the promotion of all attractions should be one of the top priorities of the tourism industry. Mr. Hanaei pointed out that foreign tourists face a lot of questions and ambiguities before entering Iran due to media propaganda, but after experiencing a trip to Iran, they are eager to visit again. The ROR riders received beautiful enamel craft of Isfahan as a lasting gift from the executive team at the Abbasid Hotel in Isfahan.

Happy crew

 

Raid Orion Photo Gallery

Isfahan Bazaar

Whether on a single day business trip or a 5-day holiday, the grand bazaar of Isfahan is a must for every visitor. You can go for a short walk in the main pathway of the bazaar and get a glimpse of the colours, scents, tastes, architecture and the people of the bazaar so you have a story to tell with a couple of selfies and probably some souvenirs. However, if you can afford, in terms of time, you can spend the better part of a day to stroll down every pathway of the maze of alleys, traveling back in time form late 17th century (Safavid era, when the new Meydan or Square was built) to late 11th century (Seljuk era, when the old Meydan or Meydan Kohneh was constructed). Only the people who work in the bazaar can find their way to their exact destination, so do not even try not to be lost. Indulge yourself in what the centuries-old bazaar has to offer. The lively atmosphere of the shops and shoppers, the gleaming handicrafts, the music of the hammers and copper plates mixed pleasantly with the strong hum of the crowd under the arched roofs. Heavenly light penetrates here and there from the centre of the arches giving the floating particles a magical slow-motion effect. Whether you are here for colours, for music, for history, for photography or just her for a new experience with new people and culture, this place is the right place. Perfect for humans-of-newyork style photography. A rainbow selection of spices for gastro lovers. A tour of the old bazaar of Isfahan is a complete package in itself. Given that it’s located adjacent to the Naghsh e Jahan Square with its significant historical monuments it gives you the false impression that the visit is doable in one day which might not be the best thing to do.

Overview


Opening Hours

Daily Hours: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Location

From:

Jameh Mosque, Isfahan, Iran

To:

Naghsh-e Jahan Sq. Isfahan, Iran

Isfahan Sister Cities

The concept of Sister Cities or Twin Towns can be traced back to the post World War period in Europe when countries and nations ravaged by war sought peace and mutual understanding between cultures, ideas and nationalities. The first known sister cities in the world are Paderborn, Germany, and Le Mans, France.

Sister Cities are a cultural and business bond between two cities, states or even countries for mutual benefits. Isfahan as one of the most beautiful cities in the world and Iran’s cultural hub signed her first sister city agreement on May 7, 1989 with the city of Xi’an in china. Since then the city of Isfahan has signed more than 15 sister city relationship agreements with countries from around the world.

Here is a list of Isfahan’s sister cities:

CityCountryDate of agreementFlag
Xi’anChinaMay 7, 1989China Flag
Kuala lumpurMalaysiaJun 23, 1997
Freiburg GermanyOctober 27, 2000
Florence ItalySeptember 18, 1998
IașiRomaniaMay 10, 1999
BarcelonaSpainJan 14, 2000
YerevanArmeniaApril 27, 2000
KuwaitKuwaitJun 19, 2000
HavanaCubaMarch 8, 2001
LahorePakistanJuly 22, 2004
St. PetersburgRussiaNovember 10, 2004
DakarSenegalNovember 25, 2009
BaalbekLebanon October 5, 2010

Chaharshanbe Suri’s origin: fire jumping and its relation to Nowruz

Persian Fire Jumping Festival

Chaharshanbe Suri also written as Chahar Shanbeh Soori or Charshanbe Soori is one of the world’s ancient cultural events. Festival of Fire and Fire Jumping Festival are a few of the names used to refer to it. Iranians, Azerbaijanis, Afghans, Tajiks and Turks (Azeris living in Turkey) celebrate this day by lighting fire. They jump over the fire while chanting special phrases. Actually, this is one of the main customs of this festival.

When is Chaharshanbe Suri celebrated?

This occasion is celebrated every year on the last Wednesday of the year. It is a chance to mark the end of the year and to hope for a bright New Year.

What does Suri mean?

Suri meaning, celebration is added to the word Chaharshanbe which is Persian/Farsi for Wednesday. This is exactly why Persians call this festival Chaharshanbe Suri.

History of Chaharshanbe Suri

A lot has been said and written as to the roots and significance of Chaharshanbe Suri. Some say the fire is symbolically meant to burn the evil and bring about good for the New Year. Religiously speaking, ancient Iranians were followers of Zoroaster. In Zoroastrianism, fire is one of the four sacred elements of nature. It is also the most purifying element as it never gets polluted.

Trick or Treat on Chaharshanbe Suri?

On this night, there used to be a tradition called “Ghashogh Zani”. Ghashogh Zani has the same meaning as spoon banging where people would go door to door in disguise. Then, they would bang spoons on plates to ask for treats. Somehow like the famous Halloween trick or treat ritual. Today, this tradition is almost forgotten and not practiced.

Persian Fire Festival and Nowruz

Nowadays Chaharshanbe Suri has become more of a firework festival. Crowds of people sing and dance until the midnight under the lightened streets and squares of Iran to celebrate.

As mentioned before, this occasion falls on the last Wednesday of the Persian New Year. So that, it is one of the closest occasions to the most important event in the Iranian calendar, Nowruz. That is why, people usually tend to have more free time as many schools and offices are closed. Also, they are excited about the Iranian New Year. besides, they would like to enjoy the heavenly spring weather especially in the central and southern states of Iran. Clearly, people get too busy with their New Year’s preparation and family visits. These, all together, make Chaharshanbe Suri one of the best occasions to visit the country.

Madrasa Naseriyeh

There is a madrasa (Islamic seminary) on the corner of the southeast of the Imam Mosque named (Naseriyeh) which was built in the late reign of the first Safavid king (Shah Abbas I) or in the early reign of Shah Safi but with regard to available epigraphs, its tiling and inscriptions go back to the reign of the second Safavid king (Shah Abbas II).

In the southern Iwan (a veranda) of the seminary, There are some epigraphs which one of them is in black Thuluth calligraphy (a kind of Islamic calligraphies) on a yellow background which has been written by the famous calligrapher named Mohammad Reza Imami and its script is Salavat (blessings of God) upon fourteen infallible persons and dated 1077 AH. Around the Mihrab (a place in the mosque that indicates the direction of Mecca) of this veranda, there are some verses of the Holy Quran with the same date and the signature of the above-mentioned calligrapher.

The design of the tiles around the yard of the madrasah has been decorated with blue color and the names: Mohammad (the Prophet of Islam) and Ali (the first Shia leader) which have been written in Bannai Kufic ( a kind of Islamic calligraphy). The term (Infallible figures) is a title chosen by Shiite Muslims to call their grand fourteen personalities including the Prophet Mohammad, Lady Fatimah al-Zahra (Prophet’s daughter) and the twelve divine leaders. In some traditions, the Shia believe fourteen infallible persons to be the very household of the Prophet Mohammad.

There is an epigraph inside the Mihrab written in white Thuluth calligraphy on a tile with a bluish background during the reign of Shah Suleiman Safavi. This epigraph consists of some sayings of the Prophet Mohammad (p.b.u.h.) dated 1905 AH and the autograph of Mohammad Hassan Imami. Since the seminary was repaired during the reign of Naser al-Din Shah Qajar, it is called Naseriyeh. The madrasah Naseriyeh has eight rooms located in the southeast angle of the seminary.

The rooms used to be dormitories or classrooms in winter. It has two verandas located in the northeast and the southwest angle. The embellishments used in the madrasah are tiling, Muqarnas ( a type of decoration composed of series of niches embedded within an architectural frame), carving and inscription.

In different eras, there were some prominent scholars who used to study and teach in this madrasah.

Madrasa Naseriyeh free friendly talks schedule
Language Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
English 9 am – 4 pm 9 am – 4 pm 9 am – 4 pm 9 am – 1 pm 9 am – 4 pm 9 am – 4 pm
French 9 am – 4 pm 9 am – 4 pm 9 am – 4 pm 9 am – 1 pm 9 am – 4 pm 9 am – 4 pm
Spanish 9 am – 4 pm 9 am – 4 pm 9 am – 4 pm 9 am – 4 pm
Arabic 9 am – 4 pm 9 am – 4 pm 9 am – 4 pm 9 am – 1 pm 9 am – 4 pm 9 am – 4 pm
Other Language Please send your request for check availability

Note:

  • 1 hour from 1 pm – 2 pm is breaking time. You can see congregational prayer at this time in “Shabestan” of mosque

You can ask Madrasa Naseriyeh to set any type of technical meeting or any other information related to Islam and Iranian religious via:

Email: info@naseriyeh.com

Telegram: @naseriyeh1

Overview

Islamic prayers in Chinese


Opening Hours

Daily Hours: 9 AM – 5 PM

Iran holiday is close.

Location

Madrasa Naseriyeh, Eastern angle of the Imam Mosque, Naqsh-e Jahan Sq. Sepah St. Isfahan, Iran

Contact

(+98) 3132225868

(+98) 9906151309

Price

Free

Iran Dress Code

The myth of the black chador!

Iran keeps surprising visitors by its myriad of attractions for lovers of history, culture, nature, arts and food. The country is more back-packer, hitchhiker, female-solo-traveler, Jewish friendly than its main-stream media representations. So, if your idea of Iranian women is a pair of eyes showing through the all-covering black piece of fabric, you might need to turn off your TV and read this post till the end to get better understanding about dress code in Iran.

Although “Chador” (female full-body-length covering) is still common throughout Iran, it is not and has never been mandatory in Iran except for when visiting certain religious institutions.

Nice experience to cover with “Chador”

 

The unwritten rules of Iran’s dress code are actually far more liberal than the written ones. The dos and don’ts of Hijab are pretty clear.

Here’s a guide for men and women on how to dress in IRAN:

WOMEN

Head
Head covering is mandatory for ladies in public. The most common type of head covering is the headscarf “rousari/shawl”. The headscarf is to cover the hair and not the face. Your hair can show from the front/back of the headscarf but as a form of respect to the rules of the country, women tend to cover as much of the hair as possible. Some wrap the headscarf tightly and securely around the head, others wear it loosely… the choice is yours – try to find the most comfortable way that works you.

As far as color is concerned, there is almost no restriction; pink, blue, green, red, fluorescent orange…..! In fact you’ll be amazed by the variety of designs and colours of headscarfs available all across the country. The headscarf is also a form of fashion item amongst women in Iran – square, rectangular, big, small, silk, cotton … you name it!

Upper Body
Women in Iran wear long tunics “manto”. These are long sleeved dresses varying in length. Generally speaking it’s all about modesty – in Iran modesty is thought of a non-see-through material, closed collar, loosely fitted covering at least the buttocks. Three quarter length sleeves are also accessible.

Lower Body
Women in Iran do not show their legs in public. Long skirts or trousers are accessible. Trousers can be slim fit and/or ankle length … however remember the material should not be see-through. Cotton, Denim, Chinos…. again see what you feel most comfortable in!

Footwear
Stay comfortable 🙂 giving you’ll be sightseeing all day! Nothing particular to say here- your choice really. Trainers, high heels, sandals, boots….

MEN

Head
No head covering is required. You can wear hats of any form of shape desirable depending on the weather!

Upper Body
Men can wear long or short sleeve shirts and t-shirts. You cannot be topless in public and it is uncommon for men to wear vest like tops in public.

Lower Body
Long and cropped trousers are accessible. No shorts above the knees.

Footwear
As per above, just make sure your comfortable 🙂 nothing else to say here!

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