Iran: Tis the season, also in the Islamic Republic
At Tehran's Zaeem flower shop
in Pasteur Square, a stone's throw from the office of President Mahmoud Ahmdinejad, you can spot something unexpected for the Islamic Republic of Iran: a small Christmas tree.
Ahmad, the busy salesman, says he's been putting the trees up for about eight years. "During the final days of the year, we add all the lights and decorations to the tree that are meaningful for the Christians," he said.
Despite Iran's image as an austere Islamic theocracy, there is a diversity of religious subcultures.
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