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Ashura (1 of 6)
Among Shi’ite Muslims, Ashura is a major festival. It commemorates the death of Hussein, son of Imam ‘Ali and grandson of Muhammand, on the 10th of Muharram (October 10, 680) in Karbala, Iraq. The event led to the split between the Sunni and Shia sects of Islam, and it is of central importance in Shia Islam. Ashura is a time for communities to share meals (considered a sacred part of the holiday) and to hear the story of the Battle of Karbala retold in local mosques.
Haircut (2 of 6)
Barbers throughout the world know that the best way to solicit the cooperation of their youthful clientele is to turn on cartoons.
Christmas (3 of 6)
The word “Jesus” has as much to do with Christmas in Tehran as the word “bagels.” A surprising number of children we met in Northern Tehran look forward to that one time of the year when Santa enters their lives. In the case of Iranian kids, their delight derives from the activity of decorating the tree. The ‘gift’ part of Christmas is practiced, but not excessively so.
Park Melat (4 of 6)
During the weekends (Thursday and Friday in Iran), the city’s many parks are a colorful and crowded checkerboard of picnic blankets. Iranians have elevated “the picnic” to an art form. In the summer picknickers arrive as the day cools, around 5pm, and stay until dark, 9 or 10pm. Sandwiches and paper plates have no place at an Iranian picnic. Hot tea is served into glass mugs; real plates are piled high with hot food, fresh fruit and vegetables, and pastries.
Amusement Park (5 of 6)
Ice Cream (6 of 6)