There was a new school dress code: we had to completely cover our hair and body. They were intolerant toward everything, not just towards political outspokenness. We couldn’t dress how we wanted, say what we wanted, or even think what we wanted. I’ve talked to people in Iran now, and things are only slightly more relaxed.
For example, women show their protest by not wearing the proper hijab, by wearing some make-up.
It’s hard to reconcile the country you’ve heard about on the news with a place where i Phone-toting locals carve up the Alborz piste, old women invite you in for a hot Chelow kebab and Tinder dominates the dating scene.
Conservative and unconventional, deeply religious and deeply surprising, Iran tours don’t fit into any easy pigeonhole. Our local guides will show you all the highlights – the Golestan Palace, the Zoroastrian Fire Temple, Esfahan’s bustling bazaars – but they’ll also show you what it means to be a modern-day Iranian.
Among these four, fire has the most blessings within it because it is purifying and it never gets polluted.
Because fire is highly respected among Zoroastrians they never set fire in the streets and do not jump over it.
The way people celebrate it today has changed a lot after the invasion of Arabs.
Iranians originally were followers of Zoroaster and they believed water, fire, soil, and air are sacred because they are the four main elements of nature.Baggy pants and covered shoes are also highly recommended.Many Iranian women also wear a , or trench coat with long sleeves, that usually falls below the knee.There is some “cosmetic freedom,” but at the same time, when you get to the serious stuff, like criticizing the government, questioning the role of the chosen leader, or questioning the election process, people can be put away for a very long time and, in many cases, are never heard from again. She was a 19 year-old revolutionary guard who wasn’t qualified to teach. Then when I came to Canada, one of the first things that happened was I was invited to a book club.I said to her, “This is a math class not a propaganda class, so could you just teach math? I was in Evin Prison, and the only place you could write was the interrogation room. I was psychologically and physically damaged, and if someone had handed me a pen and paper and told me to write anything I would have felt like I was holding a grenade. I joined simply because I wanted to fit in, but it did make me go back to writing.Iranians are undoubtedly the friendliest people in the world; I lost count of the number of times I got invited to a stranger’s home or was treated to an endless flow of tea from a shop vendor.