Holidays & Observances in Iran
Iran is a Middle Eastern country located between Iraq and Afghanistan. It is the former home of the Persian Empire, which has determined much of the modern culture in the region. Persian is still the predominant language of Iran, and Persian art and architecture is a highly valued part of the Iranian identity. Zoroastrianism was the main religion of this region for a long time, and has therefore had a great effect on the culture, though it has been overtaken by Islam. Its influence is still evident in holidays such as Navruz, the New Year’s celebration begun by the Zoroastrians. Dedication to the Islamic religion is present in every part of Iranian life and is the most important part of the modern culture. Iran celebrates many Islamic holidays including birthdays and death days of important religious figures, which are not celebrated in most other Islamic cultures. For non-religious holidays the Persian calendar, Jalali is often used to determine the date.