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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.
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Food for an Iran Themed PartyIranian 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 PartyThe 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.