My boyfriend, Andisheh (Andy), is Persian so I have been immersed in the cultural for a few years now through him and his family, but still am fairly new to many of the traditions and holidays they celebrate. I interviewed my boyfriend, who's parents immigrated from Iran in the 70's. His father was a political refugee who sought asylum in the US during the early 70's, and eventually fully immigrated here with my boyfriends mother. "Growing up with parents who were not from the United States, while growing up and living in the United States definitely wasn't easy for me", he states, "many traditions and habits that my friends would have or celebrate, my family didn't, so it was hard for me to understand why at such a young age". He told me about how his family wouldn't celebrate holidays like Easter or even Christmas, simply because of how they were celebrated differently in Iran. Although Iran is a predominantly Muslim country, his parents were both non religious, which Andy says really helped shape who he has become. "My parents never pushed religion on me in any form, my dad gave me a bible when I was maybe ten and said to read it and see how I feel. They let me decide what I wanted to believe in, so in a sense, I never really developed any feelings towards religion in general". He never developed a spiritual identity, as we discussed in Chapter 5 of the text. "Poetry and philosophy, especially the Hafez; are very important to Persian culture, especially my family. This is because the poems and readings take place of religious texts one might find in other cultures and we adopt our morals, traditions, and ethics from those texts", he states. Andy says that even though it has been difficult at times, growing up such a rich culture, "I believe the best part of Persian culture is the acceptance and togetherness. I like the rich history and easily accessible community". He says that he always feels like the Persian community is tightly knit and so accepting to anyone willing to listen to their history and experience their culture!