Tag Archives: Iran

Nowruz

Nowruz

Open the windows, 
For the kind breeze is celebrating the birthday of the beautiful flowers, 
And spring,
 On each and every branch,
 Close to each young leaf,
 Has turned on lovely candles! Fereydoon Moshiri, contemporary poet After a long and harsh Iranian winter, March is the time when the sun finally gets the strength toContinue Reading

Yalda

Yalda

At the end of last year, miles away from Iran and surrounded by Christmas shoppers and images of Santa Claus on the streets of Madrid, I was looking everywhere for watermelons and pomegranates, two fruits traditionally eaten on the Iranian Persian festival called Yalda. People in many parts of the world celebrate Christmas. However, ChristmasContinue Reading

Darband: Retreat to the mountains of Greater Tehran

Darband: Retreat to the mountains of Greater Tehran

You’ve come to Iran, and you are looking for a bar where you can chill out? Well, you are out of luck – you should have done your research beforehand! There are no bars in this country. But don’t worry. You can still catch up with friends while smoking shisha and eating fruity snacks. JustContinue Reading

Talking about pets

Talking about pets

If you like animals, you have probably heard of Persia’s* very own ‘Persian cats’. In the midst of tough political discussions, these long-haired, lazy, lovely creatures give Iran a softer image. Yes! We are animal lovers! We don’t forget to feed stray cats and birds during the brutal cold of a Tehran winter. However, inContinue Reading

It’s Friday in Iran

It’s Friday in Iran

When I was first approached about writing about life in Iran, I must admit I really didn’t know where to start. Apparently a few people from other countries were writing about Sundays. Why don’t I write about something I do on a Sunday, it was suggested. Sundays?? What is so special about them if theyContinue Reading

Iran – Shafagh Helalat

Iran – Shafagh Helalat

    I was born in Iran, I have spent most of your life in Tehran, Iran and now I live in Madrid, Spain. My favourite local films are….A Separation, About Elly and Children of Heaven. When I need a reminder of home, I listen to……Mohsen Namjoo, Shajarian, Shahram Nazeri and even Andy Madadian. My favourite time ofContinue Reading

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