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Mind Your Manners: Your guide to Iranian customs & etiquette Since ancient Silk Days, Iranians have been accustomed to having travellers. In this article I tell you more about dating in Iran as well as some generation is not following the common traditional rules that much, I dare say. In Iranian culture, boys are generally more indulged than girls, and more of women's rights, authority and privacy and those that maintain traditional values. Dating practices vary significantly between regions, and are impacted by attitudes.
Luckily, I have some Iranian friends who answered my curious questions. They date like young people in the West. The very first thing I wanted to know about dating in Iran was where young Iranians go for a date. And where do potential couples meet? It seems like there is absolutely no difference compared to the Western world.
However, it is not so easy as it appears. However, it does not happen often. One day in Tehran, in a big park close to the Tabiat Bridge, a van full of policemen stopped by a couple that was sitting in the park.
Morality police typically detain women seen without the proper hijab head-covering in public. In this case, however, the police interrogated both the girl and the boy and escorted them to the police van. Iran relaxed headscarf arrests few weeks ago. Women failing to wear a headscarf will no longer be automatically arrested nor will judicial cases be filed against them. Such women will be sent to educational classes.
Soon we noticed another couple in the park. I approached them, because they seemed so lovely and cute and I had lots of questions in my head. There was a hint of inner freedom in the way he said that. His name was Mohammad. They were both students of medicine and they met at their university. We all laughed and at that point I realized that true love knows no obstacles.
The situation is not as dark and gloomy as it appears to a foreigner like me. It seems like locals accept the rules and live with them. At the same time, they find their little innocent ways out.Persian Culture Basics
Random couple in a park, Tehran In principle, having a girlfriend is forbidden Sadeq has been asked to go to the police station about six times in his life. Although they were not even a couple, they were suspicious enough to be stopped by the police. In such a situation you never say, that the girl next to you is your girlfriend. Even if the coworker had been my girlfriend, I would not have told the truth.
Her mother came to pick her up and signed some papers. She was totally OK with the situation, because she knew her daughter well and knew what was going on. Therefore, the judge asked me if I would accept such a relationship in case it had happened to my own sister.
I said yes, which really surprised him. I was taken to a detention room for an hour and then interrogated again.
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I had never been in such a place before. There were thieves and criminals. My heart was beating fast. In the end I had to sign some documents and they let me go. However, some people do it anyway. Others prefer to go to more private places such as parks, for example.
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The idea of a hardly reachable princess is somehow disappearing. What about dating in Iran? Who makes the first step? It is really Ridiculous!!!!! In this period, the couple is officially in the relationship and try to know more each other. I think you are more familiar with these families than the previous category. These families allow their children to have relationships before they want to get married. Although as a person who has grown up in an open-minded family, most of the Iranians I have seen and interacted with were belonged to the second category, the number of people who belonged to the first category is significant enough to be taken into account.
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It should be mentioned that most of the Iranians do fit in one these categories, however, there are many other families who were traditional but are moving toward being considered as a modern families.
This situation mostly occurs when parents have traditional thoughts but the children do not want to follow what they parents tell. Such families are really difficult to interact with as they are in a transient state and even do not know how they should treat. The boys and girls in such families are the biggest victims in many situations especially for having serious relationships, dating, falling in love, and getting married.
In these families, the way that boys and girls start dating or have relationships before the marriage is exactly similar to the boys and girls belonged to the modern families with one big difference and this difference is that usually one or both parents are not aware of these relationships. Further, concealing these relationships is not the only problem in these families. Another problem rises when the families decide to force their children to marry in a traditional way while these boys and girls have their own relationships and want to get marry in a different way with different person.
How Iranians get married? After that the couple falls in love and decides to get married, they should celebrate their marriage ceremony. We have two steps for this ceremony. In this ceremony the guests should give their gifts to the couple which usually are really worth a fortune.
During this ceremony, the guests and the couple dance together and have a lot of fun and usually the ceremony end up with a dinner. The second step is marriage ceremony.