Nowruz: Persian New Year + Customs

Nowruz is the traditional Persian festival of spring which starts at the exact moment of the vernal equinox, commencing the start of the spring. The name comes from Avestan meaning “new day/daylight”. Nowruz is celebrated March 20/21 each year, at … Read More


Chaharshanbe Suri: A Fire-jumping Festival

Iranians celebrate Chaharshanbe Suri. It is a fire jumping festival celebrated by Iranians around the world. On the eve of the last Wednesday of the Persian solar year, known as Chaharshanbe Suri or the Persian Festival of Fire, special customs … Read More


Sepandar Mazgan, Persian Lovers Day + Love Stories

Sepandar Mazgan is an ancient Iranian/Persian festival with Zoroastrian roots, the day for celebrating love, friendship and earth in the ancient Iranian culture. Dating back to the Achaemenid Empire, the first Persian Empire. This festival is widely known as the Iranian Day … Read More


The Epic of Kings Shahnameh Ferdowsi

Shahnameh Ferdowsi: The world’s longest epic poem written by a single poet The Shahnameh, Book of Kings, is an epic composed by the Iranian poet Hakim Abul-Qasim Mansur (later known as Ferdowsi Tusi), and completed around 1010 CE. Ferdowsi means ‘from … Read More


The Legend of Leyli and Majnun

Leyli and Majnun: The Persian Immortal Love Story “Leyli and Majnun” is an immortal love story sometimes compared to “Romeo and Juliet” though it predates Shakespeare in oral tradition by more than 1,000 years. Today, it is still one of … Read More


Arash the Archer; the Persian Legend

Arash the Archer is a heroic archer of the Persian mythology. As a warrior of King Manuchehr (the legendary king of Ancient Persia, who reigned over a period of 120 years, and the descendant of Fereydun, the Hero King, who did battle against Zahhak, … Read More


Zoroaster the Prophet of Ancient Iran

“Turn yourself not away from three best things: Good Thought, Good Word, and Good Deed.”  Zoroaster Zoroaster (active 1st millennium B.C.) was a prophet of ancient Iran and the founder of the Iranian national religion. Zoroastrianism is ranked with Judaism, Christianity, … Read More


Christmas in Iran; a Walk-Through Tehran

As Christians around the world celebrate Christmas, the holiday season is also observed in Iran. Christianity has a long history in Iran, dating back to the early years of the faith. It has been practiced in the country longer than … Read More


Yalda Night (Shab-e Chelleh)

Yalda Night: The Longest And Darkest Night Of The Year These days, Christian countries around the world are getting ready for Christmas. All streets, stores and houses are decorated with lights for this festive season. You hear Christmas songs everywhere … Read More


Zahhak; the Legend of the Serpent King

In the Shahnameh a poetic opus written by the Persian poet Ferdowsi around 1000 AD, Zahhak is an evil king who conquers Iran and who has serpents growing out of his shoulders. A long time ago in between the two … Read More