Tourist & Resident Guide to Iran

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Eid-e-Nowruz goldfish

Eid-e-Nowruz goldfish
The build up to Eid. Darakeh’s walnut and almond seller is branching out into the New Year goldfish market.

Goldfish are not one of the haft sin but still an indispensable part of the festive spread that every Iranian family displays at this time of year. They are said to represent the unexpected favours to be received in the coming year. Traditionally, they are set free in rivers when the holiday period ends. Some people take theirs to the ponds at mosques and shrines. My aunt’s goldfish from Nowruz 2006 is still going strong and will be making comeback appearance this year.

Books on Persian Art

Post Office, Vali-Asr Square

Post Office, Vali-Asr Square
Iran’s postal service is reliable and efficient. Sending packages internationally requires identification in the form of a passport. Bring your package unsealed as contents will be checked before dispatch.

Books on learning Farsi