Is Iran Safe to Travel?
Iran, previously called Persia, is an ancient civilization deplete with enriched art, history, literature and culture. Iran has Mediterranean (4-season) climate and diverse ethnics like: Fars (Pars), Tork, Arab, Kord and Lor.
Persians have experienced many many events and incidents so far that we are going to explore a short summary about their history, culture, traditions, religions, language and currency in this article.
Archeologists define Persia’s age since Paleolithic era in eastern parts. Inscriptions, petroglyphs, Cyrus The Great’s cylinder and other crockery remnants of Parseh (Persepolis), Sialk Hills and Burnt City are all an evidence of ancient civilization in Iran.
Before 1977 regime change, Iran was ruled by monarchy system. In 1977 Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last king of Persia, was abolished by Ayatollah Khomeini who established Islamic Republic of Iran government.
Before Arabs invasion to Persia, as the result its great civilization was ruined, most of Persians were Zoroastrian. But after Arabs invasion the religion was changed into Islam. At the moment only in some central cities like Yazd and Kerman you can find Zoroastrians as the typical of ancient Persia. Although the main religion in Iran is Islam there are also other religions like Zoroastrian, Christian (especially in Jolfa and Isfahan) and Jewish.
Before Islamic government people could choose their suits independently, but after regime change they have to wear according to Islam rules. Women must put on scarves and not naked at any parts of body except hands and face. Men must wear pants and no shorts are allowed on public areas.
Iranians are super hospitable you must have heard about it already. There is a Persian proverb saying “The guest is God’s friend). Iranians love to organize parties and meet friends and relatives regularly and at feasts and on holidays.
some of Persian feasts are Nowrooz, Yalda and “Chahar Shanbe Suri”.
Some Islamic feasts are Fetr, Ghorban and Nime shaban.
On the other hand there are many Islamic holidays due to the death of Islam celebrities like Moharram.
According to Iran tradition, elders and children are highly respected and affected in families. Children used to live with parents even after marriage, but today they prefer to be independent.
The official language in Iran is Farsi (The arabicized word for Persian), but due to diverse ethnics in Iran, people speak Turkish (Torki) in western and eastern Azebayjan , Zanjan and Ardabil provinces, Arabic in Khuzestan and southern provinces, Kurdish (Kordi) in Sanandaj and Kermanshah, Lori in Lorestan and kohkelouye Boyer Ahmad provinces, Gilaki (in Gilan provice) etc.
The official currency is Islamic Republic Rial (IRR) but in daily life people often use unofficial currency of Toman.
There are enough ATM machines in all cities and villages, but due to the sanctions no international debit/credit cards are functional and only Iranian debit cards are operational.
The exchange offices are not adequate in all cities and there are some in main cities and airports.
If you intend to visit all attractions in every fields like history, culture, literature, art, nature, food, adventure, etc in the current cheapest country in the world, travel to Iran.
In spite of all bad assumptions about Iran and Iranians Iran is a paradise for tourists and all Iranians will pamper you upon your arrival to your departure.
We at Markar Travel always welcome you to the land of Friendly Faces, Open Arms, Ancient Cultures and Timeless Charms delightfully.
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