Ramadan in Iran: What is Eid (Aid)
Eid e-Fitr and the day following are the two main days following the Islamic celebrations. Eid al-Fitr translates as the ‘festival of breaking the fast’ and happens immediately after Ramadan, with festivity, day-time feasts and family gatherings. Customarily, family and friends dress up in new Eid clothes and visit each other’s houses bearing gifts. Meanwhile many families during the final days often gift food to the hungry and homeless across the city as a sign of charity. Charity is known as Zakat Fetrieh, one of the five pillars of Islam and is significant during Ramadan.
Ramadan opening hours
Many industries in Iran work full time during the Ramadan period, unlike other countries in the region Iran often does not change its working hours for the period. However, don’t expect to get much done during the period as the country goes on an unofficial “go-slow” period to respect those who are fasting.
Useful phrases to know!
Impress your Muslim Iranian colleagues and friends or simply answer back in a seasonal greeting in stores by saying the following:
Ramazan Mubarak = Happy Ramadan
Ghabool Bashe = May you be accepted [by God]
Eltemase Do’a = May your prayers and fasting be accepted [by God]