All about Iran VPN

The Use of VPN in Iran

 If you are planning to visit Iran, you might want to prepare yourself beforehand for restricted internet use. You can use VPN services that will allow you to access the content that you need. You can either purchase VPNs or Download the free VPNs that work in Iran. Keep in mind that it is better to do so before arriving in Iran since the VPN websites might be blocked as well. Read here about Iran SIM Cards and available internet packages

Which VPN Works in Iran?

Among different VPNs that work in Iran these are the best and top 5 VPNs which you can purchase. You can use the free trial while you are in Iran. In this way you do not even need to purchase anything for a few days in Iran. As you might already know, these VPNs bring you high quality, secure and fast connection service. On top of that, purchased VPNs work better on Laptops, PCs and other devices.

  •  NordVPN – Very secure | Double hop VPN which encrypts your data twice | Servers in 60 countries |
  • ExpressVPN – A fast VPN | Stealth servers for bypassing blocks | Servers in 94 Countries |
  • CyberGhost – Easy to use | Accepts bitcoin | Servers in 60 countries |
  • PrivateVPN – Cheapest on the list | Easy installation | Servers in 60 countries |
  • VPNArea – Great customer service | Excellent security features | Servers in 70 countries | month
  • PureVPN  High speed, travel-friendly, cheap, easy to use

Which Free VPN Works in Iran?

The safest used free VPNs in Iran are Psiphon, Hotspot Shield, Freegate. These can be download freely from their websites. Some of them might work on android better than iPhone.The best free VPN for iPhone in Iran, according to some recommendations, is secureVpn.

Free VPNs might not be the safest option or even the fastest one. If you want high quality connection with security and speed where there is no advertisement getting in your way, purchasing a VPN is recommended to downloading a free one.

How Can I Download VPNs in Iran?

You can use each of the VPNs’ websites to download them. You can also download VPNs from Appstore or PlayStore on your Android/IPhone. Keep in mind that it is better to do so before arriving in Iran since the VPN websites might be blocked as well. It is better to have a backup VPN in case the other one stops working.  

Is VPN Legal in Iran?

Generally, purchasing, downloading and using VPNs are not something of a legal matter. Though, there has not been any reports of somebody getting in trouble for it. Most people use VPNs on daily basis for a secure and free internet access. 

What Social Media Or Websites Are Allowed in Iran? Is Facebook Illegal in Iran?

The better question is what social media or websites are not allowed in Iran. The list below is consist of the major websites which are blocked in Iran. This list might change overtime.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Netflix
  • YouTube
  • Some Google services

Here are some of the most common questions regarding VPNs and internet access in Iran:

Is google allowed in Iran?

You can freely use and search in google for different contents. Some websites and google services might be blocked in Iran.

Is YouTube allowed in Iran? Is twitter allowed in Iran?

YouTube and Twitter are among the websites that are blocked in Iran but they are available with VPN.  

Is Gmail blocked in Iran?

There is no restriction against using Gmail and it is totally allowed in Iran.

Can you use WhatsApp in Iran?

You can definitely use WhatsApp freely in Iran for messaging, calls and video calls.

Do IMO and Botim work in Iran?

You can use these two applications for phone and video calls without any restriction.

How can I access internet in Iran?

You can click here and read about Iran SIM Cards with different internet packages and prices

Visit Iran During Ramadan

Almost most of the Muslims living in Iran or around the world look forward to the arrival of the holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan is known as the holy month of fasting, spiritual reflection, charity and protecting oneself from sins. Every year many tourists visit Iran to see into and to be present at the divine ceremonies held during this holy month.

What Is the Philosophy Behind Ramadan?

As you might already know, the holy book and the miracle of the Islam world is the holy book of Quran. In Quran, it has been said that:

Believers, fasting is decreed for you as it was decreed for those before you, perchance you will be cautious. (183, Baghareh)

Accordingly, God has decreed Muslims to fast during one month of the year. Still, there is this question that why should Muslims fast anyway?

To begin with, Imam Sadeq, the sixth imam of Shias, has said that the fast is intended to remind Muslims of the suffering of those less fortunate. In fact, fasting is a lesson about equality in the society.

On top of that, fasting is good for the overall health of a human being. The digestion system can relax with fasting. Today, many scientists believe that the key to the cure of many diseases is fasting. Although, the challenge is more spiritual rather than physical.

During Ramadan, Muslims feel closer to God. Statics show that there is a huge decrease in crime commitment during this month which is a consequent of the effects of feeling closer to God and the ability to preserve oneself from sins and cruelty.

Fasting Experience

Fasting has its own costumes with Muslims abstaining from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset. Muslims have a predawn meal called the ”Saheri”. Then, they fast all day until sunset when the time of ”Iftari” comes. At sunset, they break their fast with a sip of boiled water and some dates.

The month of Ramadan is the month in which the Quran was sent down. Event halls, mosques and homes around the city come to life with a holy and divine atmosphere. One of the special ceremonies during Ramadan is the Ghadr night meaning the night of destiny.

During these nights, Muslim pray all night. They believe that during Ghadr night the destiny of their life till the next year will be written. If you are visiting Iran during Ramadan, do not miss the opportunity of taking part in these ceremonies.

What to Eat in Ramadan?

The two main and only meals of Ramadan are Saheri and Iftari. Saheri is eaten before sunrise and it is the most nutritious meal of the day to keep Muslims going through the day. The second meal is called Iftari which is eaten after sunset.

To Do & Not to Do

Fasting is only for a certain number of days. One who is sick or on a journey has to fast the same number of days at another time. Those who can afford a redemption should feed a poor person. Good deeds performed on one’s own initiative will be rewarded. However, fasting is better and will be rewarded. Would that you knew this. (184, Baghareh)

In Quran it has been mentioned that there is no obligation for travelers to fast. If you are traveling to Iran during Ramadan, you are not obligated to fast. It is only a matter of respect. The hotels and places of your accommodation are at your service during Ramadan.

Many Muslims break their fast outside of their house. Restaurant and café’s work hours are from sunset until the middle of the night. Although, there are some exceptions and many of the restaurants around the city are open for service during the day. After breaking the fast at sunset, the city comes to life with different activities. Ramadan nights are splendid in their own way.

Next year in Iran:
Why and how we celebrate NOWRUZ


What Is Nowruz?

The Persian New Year is called Nowruz or Eid Norooz. In Iran, the beginning of the year is celebrated when winter changes into spring.  Actually, international day of Nowruz is not only celebrated in Iran. It is celebrated in many countries all around the world. It is one of the most ancient traditions in the history.

Nowruz Definition

”Now” is a Persian word for new and ”Ruz” for day which makes Nowruz literary meaning new day. In other words, the first day (Nowruz day) of the new year.

When is Persian New Year?

The exact day, hour and minute that the sun crosses the equator (about march 21) is the moment that family and friends gather around “Haft Seen” to start the new year in the presence of their loved ones.

Nowruz Time and Date: 21 March 2019

Nowruz Message

Persian spring starts with a chance of renewal for everyone. Persians consider Nowruz celebration as a symbol of rebirth.

Everything That Happens Before Nowruz Festival

Khane Tekani

About three weeks before the every Nowruz. The traditional act of Khane Tekani (literally meaning shaking the house) takes place. During spring cleaning Persians clean every corner of the house. As we all know, cleaning the house might not be a big deal. But it is actually for the sake of having a completely fresh start. Iranians start the New Year not only with a clean and reorganized house but also with a clear mindset. Buying new clothes is also a similar act that is done before Nowruz.

Chaharshanbeh Suri

On the last Wednesday of the Iranian new year, to mark the end of the year and hope for a bright new year. Crowds of people sing and dance until the midnight under the lightened streets and squares of Iran to celebrate the Last Wednesday of the year. Did you know that there used to be a tradition like Treat or Trick on Chaharshanbeh Suri?


Nowrooz Traditions

Nowruz table decoration

Nowruz haft seen (seven “s”) is a table with seven significant items set on top of it. Setting this table is one of the main customs of Nowruz.

Here is list of each item with its haft seen meaning:

  1. For rebirth and renewal: Sabzeh (Some kind of sprout; wheat, barley, mung bean or lentil grown in a dish)
  2. For beauty, love: Senjed (Dried fruit, a sweet fruit from a lotus tree)
  3. For health: Sib(Apples)
  4. For medicine and taking care of oneself: Seer(Garlic)
  5. For wealth and fertility: Samanu (A sweet pudding)
  6. For the patience and wisdom that comes with aging: Serkeh (Vinegar)
  7. For the sunrise of a new day: Sumac (A Persian spice made from crushed sour red berries)

Other Symbolic Items On Nowruz Table

  • Persian New Year table, depending on the traditions of each family, could have:
  • the holy book of Islam, Qur’an
  • a mirror to symbolize the reflection of the recent year
  • a bowl of goldfishes as a symbol of new life
  • painted eggs to show fertility
  • coins for prosperity for the coming year
  • special spring flowers called hyacinths
  • candles for happiness.
  • the Shahnameh, a collection of Persian stories and myths of kings and princes written by Ferdosi
  • Hafez’s book of poetry. Hafez is the famous national poet and prose narrator known among Persians.


Persian New Year Gifts, Foods and Gatherings

  • Nowruz Greetings

One of the main traditions of Nowruz which defines the whole lifestyle of Iranians is the act of Eid didani. Eid didani (visiting relatives) happens mainly throughout holidays. Families invite other families over to their house. They welcome the guests with all kinds of sweets, nuts and seasonal drinks.

  • Holiday Gift-Giving

Gift buying and giving is one of the traditions of Nowruz. Beautiful and mindful gifts are exchanged between family and friends.

  • Nowruz Food

The first meal served on new year’s day is Sabzi polo Mahi. Sabzi polo, a special Persian New Year food, is a kind of rice mixed with dried vegetables. Mahi is Farsi/Persian for fish which is seasoned and served with the rice. Also, in some regions of Iran Ash is served as a traditional Nowruz food.

A curse on the 13th day of Nowruz

The first five days are the official Nowruz holiday and the 13th of Farvardin (first month on the Persian calendar) is the last day of Nowruz. Iranians celebrate the last day of Nowruz with a family picnic. They pack up a big picnic for a meal in the great outdoors. Today, this day is also called the nature day. Iranian believe that there is a curse that has been put on the 13th day of Nowrooz. It has been said that, the curse can be broken with spending this day out in the nature with family and friends.


Nowruz Was Recognized by the U.N. in 2009

According to the U.N. Nowruz promotes values of peace and solidarity between generations and within families as well as reconciliation and neighborliness.

Want to Know How to Say Happy New Year in Farsi?

Happy Nowruz in Farsi: Nowruz Mobarak

Also, here are some of the Nowruz wishes in Farsi

Happy Persian New Year/Happy Iranian New Year: Sal-e Now Mobarak

Would you like to learn more phrases in Farsi/Persian?

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 (

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.

Iran Seasons

How the Seasons of Iran Came To Be

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. Seasons in Iran are described in this post.

Iran Climate and Seasons

Iran seasons weather differs in different parts of the country. The most frequent question are that ‘’is Iran a desert?’’ or ‘’what kind of climate does Iran have?’’ to answer these questions the overall explanation on Iran seasons is needed. Iran seasons weather depends on the geographical feathers of the region. 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. As it has been explained we can conclude that Iran is not a desert rather it has a number of outstanding and beautiful deserts among it.

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.

Iran 4 seasons

In this section, we are going to answer the most frequently asked questions about Iran as a four season country. The questions are as followed below:

  • Does Iran have 4 seasons?
  • How many seasons does Iran have?
  • What season is it in Iran?

As mentioned earlier Iran is a four season country. Iran has four seasons and each season somehow stays for an equal time as other seasons. Iran seasons in different parts of the country may differ in cases of weather and climate. Spring, summer, winter and autumn are Iran 4 seasons. The features of each Iran season and the time of their occurrence in each region of Iran is explained and divided as below.

Iran seasons month

If you have, questions like:

  • What is the weather like in Iran in December?
  • What is the weather like in Iran in April?
  • What is the best time of year to visit Iran?
  • When is the best month to visit Iran?
  • When is the best time to travel to Iran?

And so on, this month-by-month guide will be a great use to you…

  • Spring

    from April to June

    How much does it rain in Iran?

    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

    How hot is Iran in the summer?

    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.


  • Fall

    from October to December

    Is Iran Hot or cold?
    Why is Iran so cold?

    If you are looking to travel to Iran during a season that is neither too cold nor hot this is your chance. 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

    Does it snow in Iran?
    How cold is Iran in winter?
    How cold does it get in Iran?
    Does snow fall in Iran?
    Does Iran have winter?
    Is there winter in Iran?

    Iran Winter season is Iran ski season as most of the places in the world. There might be some ski resorts open in other seasons too. If you want more information on that, you can ask about it in the comments before planning your trip. Iran’s mountainous regions are the most likely regions for snow. During winter, Iran snow season, the weather in southern regions of Iran is often mild. Sometimes the cold air blowing from Siberia cause mild temperature drops.


”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


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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 continues those warm days and summer sunshine.


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.


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.


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


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

Iran high season

What is the best time to go to Iran?

To answer this question, we have to consider certain possibilities. Do you want to travel during a busy time that most travelers prefer for its weather or other conditions such as holidays or special ceremonies? Or do you want to travel according to your own priorities? The high seasons of Iran can be categorize as below.

  • September and October
    As explained before, this is the best Iran season to travel. In most of the areas, the weather is neither too cold nor too warm.
  • April to June
    The spring weather is also the best weather for traveling in Iran. Warm weather begins to push in while the cold air still gives out coolness.
  • March
    Like spring, the weather has warmed up a little bit. There is wind and the flowers begin to blossom. However, you might want to consider that from 21th march to 30th it is the national Nowruz holiday. During this time, the locals themselves are traveling and most places might be filled with crowds.

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.


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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.



Persian How to read






Good Morning

صبح بخیر Sobh Be Kheir

Good Evening

عصر بخیر Asr Be Kheir




See you later تا بعد

Ta ba’d





نه Na

Excuse me!

لطفاً Lotfan


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


باشه Bāshe
How much is it? قیمت این چنده؟

Gheymate in chande?

Sorry! ببخشید


I don’t understand

نمی فهمم Nemifahmam

I get it

فهمیدم Fahmidam
I don’t know نمیدونم


Forbidden ممنوع


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.



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?




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




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.


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




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




Persian How to read


گیاه خوار Giyah khaar


صبحانه sobhaneh


ناهار nahar


شام sham
Snack میان وعده

Miyan vadeh

Delicious خوشمزه


distasteful food بد مزه

Bad maze




Persian How to read


مشکی meshki
white سفید



زرد zard
red قرمز



آبی aabi




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.


Opening Hours

Daily Hours: 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM



Jameh Mosque, Isfahan, Iran


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.