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    What are the dos and  don'ts in Iran?

    The Dos

    • Throw away any preconceptions you might have of Iran and enter the country with an open mind.
    • Do say salaam (hello) when you enter shops.
    • Do say merci (thank you) when you receive help.
    • Tipping is a big part of the Iranian culture. For instance, when you receive any sort of assistance from someone from the luggage cart handler at the airport to a cab driver in the city, you should tip them.
    • Do try seasonal snacks sold on the side of streets.
    • Do try and learn a few Persian expressions and use them when you interact with people.
    • Do make friends! It will let you experience the Persian culture in a much better way.
    • DO note that in some homes meals are served on the floor without eating utensils.
    • DO try a little bit of everything and expect to be offered seconds and even thirds!
    • DO understand that refusals are considered polite and not taken seriously, so if you don't want more food you will likely have to insist.
    • DO understand that since conservative men and women do not socialize together, greetings are done only among members of the same sex. .
    • DO bring flowers or desserts for your hosts.
    • DO look to see if your host is wearing shoes. If they are not, take your shoes off .
    • DO accept food or drink.
    • DO understand that women are expected to wear loose clothing covering everything . Female travelers in Iran are also expected to abide by this dress code. 
    • DO wear pants and short-sleeved shirts if you are man. 
    • DO dress conservatively for business occasions. Ties are not traditionally worn by Iranian men but they are not looked down upon.
    • DO discuss soccer (football) because it's very popular in Iran.
    • DO ask about family, but don't be too intrusive.
    • DO wear long-sleeved shirts when visiting a mosque or holy shrine if you are a man.
    • DO remove your shoes before entering a prayer area of a mosque.
    • DO ask before entering a room at a holy site, because some places forbid non-Muslims to enter                                     
    • Dress Modestly While in Iran                                                                                                                                                                         
    • Embrace the Iranian Hospitality                                                                                                                                                                           
    • Be careful when taking photo of people

     

    The Don’ts

    • Don’t be afraid to ask Iranians for help they will always help you in the best way they can.
    • Don’t use the expressions "the Gulf" or "the Arabian Gulf". It is the Persian Gulf.
    • Don’t give the thumbs up it is considered offensive in Iran. Although if someone gives you the thumbs up with a smile, it means they acknowledge your culture.
    • Don’t try to shake hands with Iranian women if you are a man.
    • Don’t try to shake hands with Iranian men if you are a woman.
    • Don’t be uncomfortable when you are treated to a meal by Iranians. Hospitality is part of the Persian culture and it is NOT an imposition.
    • Don’t engage in public displays of affection.
    • Don’t ask for Sheesha, which means crystal meth in Iran, when ordering a water pipe. Ask for a Qalyoun instead!
    • Don’t drive if you do not have an international driver’s license.
    • Don’t snap photos of sites where you see a ‘No Photography Allowed’ sign.
    • Don’t blow your nose in company it is considered impolite.
    • Don’t bring alcohol or drugs with you.
    • Don't bring satellite phones with you.
    • Don't try to bring in any magazines or books that might offend strict Islamic sensibilities or criticise the government.
    • Don’t eat in public during Ramadhan
    • DON'T criticize Islam or the Iranian government.
    • DON'T take photos of a mosque while people are praying.
    • Don’t travel with your dog
     

     

    About Us

    The word Persia gives the image of a magical and mysterious land of far away and long ago, of ancient monuments and beautiful works of art – carpets, tiles, fine ceramics and miniatures. It also reminds us of legendary and tragic love stories and epic poems about great wars. And Persia is indeed a world ancient and contemporary, a bridge between heaven and earth. We want to show you around. Discover things to do on your next trip to Iran and plan a trip of your lifetime. Yes, it is that easy! This website gives you the tools to plan your trip to Iran: detailed information on destinations; inspiring ideas on what to see and do in each city; where to stay; where to eat; travel guides and let’s say everything you need so you can dream up a trip to Iran.

    Patrimonito

    This workshop is designed according to the UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme in order to give young people a chance to voice their concerns and to become involved in the protection of our common cultural and natural heritage. It seeks to encourage and enable tomorrow’s decision-makers to participate in heritage conservation and to respond to the continuing threats facing our World Heritage. The idea of involving young people in World Heritage preservation and promotion came as a response to Article 27 of the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (World Heritage Convention). Furthermore, Patrimonito means 'small heritage' in Spanish and the character represents a young heritage guardian. Patrimonito has been widely adopted as the international mascot of the World Heritage Education Programme.
    Date: 29th December
    Number of trainees: 7
    Duration: 3 hours

    The workshop of "Patrimonito" was held on 29th of December. Participants arrived around 10:30 and they were welcomed by hot chocolate and Persian cup cakes. After a little introduction by trainers and trainees, the process started by making two groups and letting them choose a name for their group, each group was accompanied by a mentor then each group was given some images of world heritage sites in Iran and some descriptions, each group was asked to match images and descriptions, the mentor was guiding them throughout the activity. All trainees were participating actively and trying to remember their experiences about their travels to these places. When they were done with the activity, the mentors started giving the answers and a brief explanation about each site; mentors were using trainees’ ideas and experiences to complete their tasks.

    Shortly after that, the second part started which was a presentation done by two of mentors. The aim of this presentation was to define the value of these world heritage sites and duties of each person as a "Patrimonito", and what happens if there is no "Patrimonito" and nobody cares about our tangible or intangible heritage. In this part trainees started questioning and understanding the whole concept of being a "Patrimonito", they also added their own suggestions on how to protect our heritage and by the end of this part, they were completely aware about their role as a "Patrimonito".
    Now it was a best time to have a short break, during the break trainees were introduced to some of intangible heritages as they were served by traditional food and snacks and even they way of serving was according to traditions and everyone had this opportunity to discuss about intangible heritage while enjoying some traditional food and snacks.
    When the break was done, everyone was asked to choose a heritage either tangible or intangible and they had to introduce their chosen heritage to a tourist by making a postcard using what they have learnt. They were given all of necessary tools such as color papers, color pencils, glue, scissors, images of heritage and a mentor was with them in order to help them completing the task.

    When they were done, they handed out their postcards and with the mentors they sat together and spent a few minutes asking and answering about what they have learnt. Then they were told to say their vows for protecting their heritage and caring about it, the mentor said the vow and the trainees repeated after her and they officially became a "Patrimonito".

    The last but the best part was when they were given the certificates, and they were told that since they are aware of the value of the heritage and they know how to protect it, they are chosen as "Patrimonito" and they should continue their mission by introducing the value of heritage to others. They were granted certificates and labels and the workshop of "Patrimonito" was finished by taking some memorial photos.