Visit Iran Month by Month
As a four-seasons country, Iran has too different attractions that can attract travelers at any time. If you travel to Iran in any season, one of the attractions of this historic country will be of interest to you.
You'll see a few travelers in mid-winter. Much of western Iran will be under snow and mountain roads can be cut off. Desert nights are very cold, but the days are pleasant and sunny.
Skiing the Alborz Mountains January and February are the ideal months for skiing. There are more than 20 ski fields in Iran but the best are Dizin and Shemshak, near Tehran. The snow is great and skiing is cheap, never forget the Tochal Ski resort complex that is visible from your hotel's window in the north of Tehran.
is often the coldest month, which is good for skiing but otherwise not the most pleasant time to travel the country. The month also has a couple of stand-out events.
International Fadjr Theatre Festival The highlight of the Iranian theatre year centers around Teatre Shahr (City Theatre) and Iranshahr Theatre in Tehran.
Magnificent Victory of the Islamic Revolution of Iran February 1 to 11 is known as Dahe-ye Fajr the 10 Days of Dawn'), a celebration of the days in 1979 between Ayatollah Khomeini returning to Iran and the fall of the Shah's government. Expect speeches and nationalist demonstrations across the country.
The whole country hits the road for Norouz, the Iranian New Year, which is also the start of spring. For two weeks Iran virtually shuts down. Hotels are packed and traveling is tricky.
The Tuesday night before the last Wednesday of the Iranian year sees Iranians sing, dance and jump over fires to burn off bad luck as part of the controversial "pagan' tradition of Chahar shanbe-soori.
The pre-Islamic celebration of No Ruz falls on the spring equinox on 21 March. It's a huge family celebration on a par with Christmas in the West and many people take two weeks off. Tehran is empty at this time.
It's spring, the temperatures rise, flowers bloom, Iranians return to work and weather-wise it's the best time to visit. April and May is the peak season for foreign travelers: book ahead for rooms and flights.
Islamic Republic Day
The 1 April is a public holiday for the anniversary of the referendum that officially established the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979. It's marked by rallies, speeches and military parades.
Sizdah be Dah (The Nature day)
Sizdah be Dar ("13th day of the year, 2 April) is a public holiday when the entire population heads to the countryside for a picnic. It's a pre-Islamic tradition that symbolizes making a fresh start.
With mild temperatures, May is a good month to travel in Iran but it's still high season. Wildflowers bloom from the west to the northeast, while anywhere close to the Persian Gulf coast temperatures are really starting to heat up.
Ramazan (Ramadan) (This religious ceremony varies according to the calendar)
During the month of Ramazan, Muslims are expected to perform a dawn-to-dusk fast that includes abstaining from all drinks (including water) and from smoking. Tempers can be shorter, but life goes on.
It's late spring and getting warmer and more humid. but as it's not crazy hot (except along the Persian Gulf littoral or the lowlands around Shush) and few are traveling, this is still a good time to visit.
Kashan Rose Festival
Kashan is lovely at any time, but the rose festival in and around town in June, celebrates the picking of rose petals as a precursor to rose-water production
Eid al-Fitr The Festival of the Breaking of the Fast marks the end of Ramadan and, after sunset, is celebrated with huge meals across the country. Depending on the year, it can also fall in May.
As summer segues into fall/autumn, the sun loses the worst of its sting (only the worst - much of Iran still bakes) and it's a good month to go hiking in the mountains.
Ashura (One of the most important religious ceremonies in Iran)
Ashura marks the martyrdom of Imam Hossein and is the most intense, passionate date on the Shia Muslim calendar. It is celebrated with religious theatre and somber parades in which men self-flagellate.
With moderate temperatures and no snow to block roads, October is a pleasant time to travel, a break. Fierce summer temperatures are a thing of the past.
Nomadic migration, With summer over, nomads are on the move, heading downhill to warmer climes. The hills and back roads of the Zagros Mountains around Shiraz are a good place to find them.
Winter is coming and with it the cold and snow. Travel in the mountains of western Iran can be tough, but the desert, coast and cities of central Iran can be quite pleasant.
Martyrdom of Imam Reza (This religious ceremony varies according to the calendar). The anniversary of Imam Reza's death is a huge deal in Mashhad, with Shite pilgrims flocking from around the region to pay their respects at the vast Haram-e Razavi.
A cold time to visit as the winter chill really kicks in (except on the Persian Gulf). Expect cold, clear skies, low golden light and snow-dusted hills - Western Iran, in particular, is at its most photogenic
Yalda( One of the historical ceremonies that is remained from the Achaemenid and Sassanid era)
Iran celebrates Yalda, the longest night of the year. It's a big deal as family and friends gather in homes to eat pomegranates, watermelon and recite Hafez and other poets.
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