Guide about Culture
Dress Code in Iran
Iran does have a strict dress code and this is one of the biggest concerns for female travellers to Iran. Most importantly – PACK A HEADSCARF IN YOUR HAND LUGGAGE. It’s called ‘Roosari’ in Farsi and you MUST be wearing it the moment you exit the plane and are officially in Iran.
You must wear a headscarf as well as loose clothing that cover your body the entire time you are in public places such as streets, restaurants, cars, and etc. But let’s get one thing straight – you don’t have to wear a burka or anything that fully covers you.
For men it’s simpler – you will be dressing much the same as you do in western countries, except no short shorts, no super short sleeves and no extreme tight-fitting clothing.
Iran is not an Arab country. Iranians are not Arabs. The language spoken is Persian (also known as Farsi) and not Arabic (although there are many languages spoken within Iran). Not only is the Arab misconception a source of contention generally, but Persians can take offensive at these preconceived ideas.
Etiquette in Iran
- Ta'arof; is a kind of social behavior embedded in Iranian culture. On a very basic level, it’s a form of politeness or polite refusal. It’s the often maddening going back and forth of meaningless banter in which the person never reveals his or her true feelings.
- In Ramadan month, in which the majority of people keep fast during the day, it is disrespectful to eat and drink in public.
- Shaking hands between men and women, Generally speaking, it is not okay for men and women who are not related to shake hands.