Skip to main content

V for Valentine (and not for Vendetta)


An American artist named Gilf made this for Iran on Valentine, calling it "To Tehran with Love"

"What are your plans for this Valentine?"

This is the question my friend asked me 2-3 (or maybe 4, I can't remember!) years ago when we were on the bus going home. I said I'm single and I had got no plans, she said "so what!" and I could give presents to my friends instead, as she does so every year. I was thinking that's a nice idea as another girl said she got so many presents from her friends on V-day; but come on, how can I give a card to my friends with the sentence "the day I found you, I found love" on it?!!!

Valentine for me has always been like other days of the year, but it's been celebrated hotly in Iran like other countries. We might not celebrate Christmas, and the western New Year either, but when it comes to an occasion to celebrate love and affection, it's another story.

St Valentine's Day became popular in Iran in recent years, when I was a child I didn't hear of it, I feel it wasn't very common in my early teens as well, but with the coming of medias like the Internet and satellites which introduced the Western culture better to us, also with relaxed years of Khatami's presidency when Iranian youth got more freedom, it became a special day for Iranian couples.

Around 14th February in Iran you can see gift shops put more and more things in their displays and decorate it with red, malls and shopping centres getting more packed, sales in clothes shops wink at you, and also the traffic jam getting heavier in Tehran streets. They all say one thing: let's celebrate it and have fun, no matter what the government say.

The Iranian government disprove of this event (could someone please tell me our government approve of what exactly?) and on some occasions tried to force shops not to sell anything related to Valentine, as they consider it something Western and in opposition with the Islamic culture, but who really cares?! Viva Valentine.

Some Iranians who insist on keeping Persian heritage alive say in ancient Persia (today's Iran) there was a special day similar to Valentine called Sepandar Mazgan which is on 17th February, three days later than Valentine. The first time I heard about it was four years ago when I got some informative emails from some of my friends who tried to introduce this day to others. But I didn't see anyone celebrate Sepandar Mazgan in Iran. I just got a text message from a friend 3 years ago who also typed the name of the day wrongly!

Anyway, I surprised one of my friends this Valentine. I'll post it on here later!

I wish you all have had a nice day this year, whether you're single, in a relationship, married or divorced. And don't forget the value of friendship.

I personally enjoyed the sales in shops and bought a cool nice white T-shirt for myself with this motto on it: "I pretend to work"!!!

On BBC Persian you can see photos of Valentine in Tehran.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Terms of Endearment in Persian Language

Terms of endearment are the words people say to show love and affection, like dear, honey, babe, etc. in English language. These are terms of endearment in Persian language. You can use them with your friends as well:

azizam: dear
eshgham: my love
khanoomi: missy
janam?: Yes? (used when someone calls your name and you want to answer)
jan: dear (used at the end of names like "Sonya jan" which means dear Sonya)
jigar: (very informal) sweetie
jigar-tala: (very informal) sweetie (tala means gold, funnily enough jigar means liver!)
khoshgel khanoom: pretty girl (please use it just for females you know, if it's said to strangers it has a bad meaning)
aziz-e delam: the dear of my heart
asal: honey (not very common but still you can use it)
doosetdaram: I like you
Asheghetam: I love you
divoonatam: I'm crazy about you
mikhamet: I want you
delam vasat tang shode: I miss you
miboosamet: I kiss you
boos: kiss

You can surprise your Iranian friends/sweethearts with these words. Have fun!

"these days I speak of myself in the past tense"

Sometimes the Way It Rains Reminds Me of YouColleen J. McElroy these days I speak of myself in the past tense
writing about yesterday knowing tomorrow
is no more than mist crawling toward violet mountains
I think of days when this weather meant you
were not so far away   the light changing
so fast I believe I can see you turning a corner
the rain comes in smelling of pine and moss
a kind of brazen intrusion on the careful seeds of spring
I pay more attention to details these days
saving the most trivial until I sort them for trash
or recycle   a luxury I’ve come to know only recently
you have never been too far from my thoughts
despite the newborn birds and their erratic songs
the way they tilt their heads as if drowsing for the sun
the way they repeat their singular songs
over and over as if wishing for a different outcome

Queen Fawzia

Today I'd like to write about someone who wasn't Iranian but for sure had a role in Iran's history: Queen Fawzia.

If you ask me to name the most beautiful women in the world, one of them is certainly Fawzia Fauad.


Daughter of Malek Fauad, the Egyptian king, she was born in 4 November 1921 in Cairo, Egypt. Malek Faud's family were originally from Albania, and you can see that in their blue eyes and light hair.



Reza Shah, Iran's King at that time decided to choose a wife for his son Muhammad-Reza among Eastern princesses. From all those girls, Muhammad-Reza chose Fawzia.



Soon a Royal group from Iran with Muhammad-Reza Pahlavi left Iran to Egypt, for the courting ceremony and planning  the wedding. The young couple met there and a splendid feast was held.



After a few days Muhammad-Reza, Fawzia and a Egyptian royalty group including Fawzia's Mother and sisters arrived in Iran for the wedding ceremony. The ceremony was very magnificent according to the Life magazin…