Persian and proud
I am a first-generation Iranian-American, and I am very proud of my heritage! People always ask questions about the country of Iran and its culture when they find out that I am Iranian and speak Farsi fluently, so I thought I would add some fun facts about Iran to my website for those who don't know much about it!
- Iran means "land of the Aryans." Prior to 1935, Iran was called Persia, but the Shah wanted the name Iran to be used. It wasn't until the Iranian Revolution in 1979 that the country's official name was changed to the Islamic Republic of Iran. This is why many Persians, including myself, use both Iranian and Persian when describing my heritage. They mean the same thing.
- Most Iranians speak Farsi. There are dialects in the language, too, depending on the region of the country you grew up in. Personally, I understand Shushtari, a dialect spoken in the northeastern part of Iran, because that's what my parents grew up speaking.
- Iranian meals are combinations of rice with vegetables, onions, nuts, herbs and some form of protein. Kabab (beef on a skewer) is an Iranian dish that has become popular in the Western world, too.
- About 99 percent of Iranians follow Islam. The remaining percent follows other religions, including Judaism and Christianity.
- Iranians really love tea. I mean, they really, really love tea.
Favorite Quote #4:
"Love is a partnership of two unique individuals who bring out the very best in each other and who know that even though they are wonderful as individuals, they are even better together."
- Barbara Cage