Persian Greetings, Customs, and Etiquette
- The most common greeting is “salaam” which means peace. When Iranians meet each other they shake hands and sometimes kiss each other.
- To signal to someone, put your hand out with your palm down, and curl your fingers in a scratching motion.
- To signal yes, dip your head down with a slight turn.
- To signal no, move your head up and back sharply.
- Shaking hands with a child shows respect toward the parents.
- In Iran, the family is the basis of the social structure. Families tend to be small, only one or two children. Iranians take their responsibilities to their family quite seriously.
- The main religion of Iranians is Islam but some of them are Zoroastrian, which is ancient religion of Iran. Muslims’ holiday is Friday.
- The workweek in Iran is Saturday through Thursday.