Persian Customs and Etiquette
- Iranians protest compliments and attempt to appear vulnerable in public.
- They will belittle their own accomplishments in an attempt to appear humble, although other Iranians understand that this is merely courtesy and do not take the words at face value.
- When they are in public, they must conform to accepted modes of behavior. It is only within their homes among their inner circle that they feel free to be themselves. Family members are always part of the inner circle.
- Iranians take their responsibilities to their family quite seriously.
- Introductions are generally restricted to members of the same sex since men and women socialize separately.
The most common greeting is “salaam alaykum” or more simply “salaam” (peace).