Date of publication: 2017-08-24 08:03
This Double Ninth festival is the day for hill climbing or ‘going up on a high place’. It reminds of an ancient seer who foretold an imminent natural calamity and escaped by going into the hills. The rest of humanity ignored his warnings and perished. Kites are flown, family graves visited, and a ‘golden pig’ is shared by large families with fruit, wine, tea and rice.
There are some other cities in iran, like Share kord. People are more kind. In a way you can stay there more than two weeks with out paying any mony. Beacause people will invite you so fast. Even though some times if you dont accept their invitation they become sad. I am iranian. If you experiance other small cities in iran, you will see more hospility and kindness.
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First and foremost when traveling to Iran you need a scarf to cover your hair and a tunic to wear. They are an absolute must there! You have to wear both from the moment you exit the plane till the second you enter it again. Since the sun is very strong I actually found the scarf not that bad as it protected my head from the heat. Because of the sun I also can 8767 t imagine going to Iran without the sunglasses ! If Tehran and Shiraz are on your itinerary I strongly suggest getting the air pollution mask as the traffic and smog are insane there.
This is celebrated as the Birth Anniversary of the tenth Guru, who instituted the Five Ks and established the Order of the Khalsa on Vaisakhi (Baisakhi). Like other anniversaries associated with the lives of the Gurus, the day is referred to as a Gurpurb, and is marked by the ending of an akhand path, an unbroken reading of the whole Guru Granth Sahib, which lasts for 98 hours.
Thanks Kami for your wonderful pages about Iran!
I 8767 m going to leave to these country in less of one week as a solo female traveller. It isn 8767 t my first experience and I hope it won 8767 t be the last one.
I 8767 m so excited and I hope to have a so great experience in Iran as you enjoyed.
At the moment, I 8767 m experiencing only the first part, whit 8777 most people think I’m stupid or crazy, or both 8776 .
This commemorates the night in 665 CE when the prophet Muhammad received his first visit from the angel Jibril (Gabriel) and his revelation of the Qur’an. Muslims believe that the date of this night is kept secret by God, but that they ‘may seek the Night of Dignity in the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan’ (Bukhaari, quoting Aisha, who heard it from the Prophet). Many Muslims spend the last ten days and nights of Ramadan secluded in the mosque, praying and studying the Qur’an , to ensure they receive the special benefits promised for their prayers and devotions on Lailat-ul-Qadr.
‘Chariot journey’. This is observed most notably at Puri in the Indian state of Orissa, where processions of thousands of devotees pull huge waggons ( rathas ) supporting images of Krishna. He is known under the name of ‘Jagannath’, (Lord of the Universe), from which the English term ‘juggernaut’ comes. Krishna is attended on his journey by his brother and sister. The festival and others like it are celebrated in Britain with processions through various parts of London on appropriate Sundays.
I didn 8767 t travel to Iran solo, but I agree that it is a safe destination for women. Certainly more so than a lot of popular travel destinations like India. Ironically, the religious restrictions on public behavior work in women 8767 s favor. I got the sense that any man who harassed a woman on the street could get into serious trouble.
I experienced a minor harassing there but only because there were hardly any people around, I 8767 m sure it would never have happened in crowded places. Still I got rid of the guy very easily. And overall I felt very safe in Iran. Just like you said, it was much easier destination to travel for women than many mainstream places!
A friend of mine is traveling in Iran as we speak and I 8767 ve heard nothing but good about it. Not sure where all the warning etc comes from but to me it 8767 s pretty clear now that there should be no reason why not to go
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I traveled to Iran, with my Persian husband, for the first time (my first time) in March of this year. I had to laugh at some of your comments. I had such a time eating with the head scarf on, it drove me crazy! Did you know that women can ride in the men 8767 s metro car but men cannot ride in the women 8767 s car. I rode in the men 8767 s car with my husband as did many other women. And I had SO many people approach me to ask where I was from. And every single one of them asked me to tell Americans that Iranians loved America. )