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Iran

Facts & Figures

Iran Team Logo
  • Capital City: Tehran
  • Population: 65m
  • Languages: Farsi (Persian), Kurdish, Arabic, Turkic languages
  • Team Nickname: "The National Team" or "The Persian Lions"
  • Official Team Web Site (in Parsi - click here for English language version)
  • Best World Cup Finals Performance: Group Stage (1978, 1998, 2006, 2014)
  • Best AFC Asian Cup Performance: Winners (1968, 1972, 1976)
  • Official Fifa Ranking: 23 (July 2017)

Ideas for an Iran Themed Party

To some extent modern Iran is something of a "closed nation", and access to news of what is really happening there or information about how people live on a day-to-day basis and support their national team is somewhat limited. However, Iranian (and/or Persian) culture dates back many centuries, in fact it is one of the oldest cultures in the World. The first inhabitants that we know of were the Elamites in about 2800BC, but what is now Iran was unified into one kingdom by the Medes in about 600BC.

While football is hugely popular, and is probably the most-watched sport, Iranians also enjoy basketball and freestyle wrestling; Iran was also the birthplace of polo.

Iran Party Decorations

  • Decorate yourself and your room with Iran shirts, flags and scarves. There are a few options on the right of this page, or you could try:
  • If you're serving food, search for red and white table covers, napkins, plates, cups and cutlery on our General Party Supplies Page
  • For bunting, flags, balloons and more Iranian Party Decorations Ideas, visit our Asian Flags & Decorations Page
  • As for colour schemes, in addition to the above ideas, anything else you can find in white with red or green details will help create the right atmosphere

Food for an Iran Themed Party

Iranian cuisine is quite varied, which perhaps is unsurprising given the large size (geographically) of the country and its thousands of years of history and trade with other nations and cultures. Typically, Persian main dishes are a combination of rice with meat (usually lamb, chicken, or fish) and some vegetables, nuts, and herbs. Flavourings such as saffron, dried/preserved lemons and limes, cinnamon, and other spices are frequently used. Rice, flat breads and yogurts and cheeses feature in most meals in Iran.

Drink for an Iranian Party

The most traditional - and perhaps popular - Iranian drink is doogh, a combination of yogurt, water, a little salt and dried mint. Milk shakes and fruit juices are popular, especially watermelon juice and pomegranate juice. Alcohol is not popular on religious grounds - it is illegal for Muslims in Iran to drink alcohol, although it is believed that many still do. Non-alcoholic beer is very popular, particularly among younger Iranians.

Tea is very popular, and is almost always served black, sometimes with and sometimes without sugar.

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