What It Means to Be Shirazi

April 15, 2021

Kiana Fazilat
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If you’ve ever traveled to Iran, or have talked to someone who has, the first thing they will tell you about the people is that they are extremely hospitable. In the Islamic culture, guests are dear to Allah, and therefore should be held in high regard by the host. In this regard, Shiraz stands out among the many tourist destinations of the country. Shirazi people are famous for caring for being hospitable to a fault, but this is not the only thing they are known for.

Being the cradle of civilization, Shirazi culture is integrated with poetry and arts. With many famous poets such as Hafez, Saadi and Hamidi Shirazi, the city has gained a reputation for being the center of arts and literature in the country. The people still carry this title with them. If you pay a visit to Hafezieh or Saadi’s tomb, you will see many people holding a book of poetry and reciting the poems they know out loud.

Chances are, if you enjoy literature, you also have a knack for the arts. Walking the streets of Shiraz, you will see more than a couple of musicians playing traditional or western instruments, making music teachers of the city among the most prolific in Iran.

The love for the arts however, does not end here. There are many art galleries showcasing various styles of visual arts, ranging from more traditional forms such as miniatures, to more modern styles like cubism and surrealism. These galleries host many visitors every day, all year round.

Loving the arts and being good hosts has not stopped Shirazi people from finding new ways to have fun. The city, having many gardens inside and out, offers a pleasant weather to both its residents and visitors, making it the perfect place for the fun-loving people of Shiraz. From cafes and restaurants, game clubs and escape rooms, Shiraz offers various forms of entertainment and a busy nightlife. The people’s love of fast food restaurants has made it a booming business in the city.

What makes Shiraz-dwellers unique, however, is that many of them own private gardens outside the city. They take trips to their gardens over the weekend to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and hang out with friends and family.

In addition to all that, Shirazi people are known for being flexible, open-minded and easy-going. Shiraz hosts one of the largest population of Jewish people in the country. During the Iran-Iraq war, many people from Khozestan province migrated to Fars. The accepting nature of Shirazi people has made the city one of the most diverse in Iran.

In a Nutshell

The people of Shiraz are famous for many things: being a good host, a lover of arts, always looking to have fun, and generally open-minded and easy going. If you are looking to have the time of your life, it’s a good idea to have a Shirazi friend beside you!

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