Iranian Culture

“It had been 15 years…”

This weekend, I was lucky enough to spend a couple of hours alone with my dad. Just me and him. Believe me, this does not happen often. Either we are at work, we are running around doing who knows what,…

“What do we leave behind, and what do we keep?” Guest Blogger (9)

I am excited to share a “Persian Mommas” views and contemplations when she is celebrating the holidays. The dichotomy that many Iranian Americans feel with various holidays and traditions, and how they want to raise their children is very well…

10 Survival Items for Your Trip to Iran

After having been to Iran a couple times and friends who have been much more often, I have started to notice trends in what people go prepared with. The weather, the activities, and the traditions all lend themselves to all types…

Why is there “Grass” on your table?!

I have received this question more than once. Anytime I am explaining the “Haft-seen” (our table set up for Iranian New Year) and I get to the part about the “grass looking object” I get blank stares and confused expressions.…

“Building Bridges with Friendship, Culture, and Humor: My Life as an Iranophile” by John Henry Silva, Guest blogger (4)

As a non-Iranian Iranophile my friends who are Iranian often are surprised that I know a thing or two about t’aarofing. So I’ll start off with a joke. A woman is ready to give birth to twins. She is waiting,…