On the 13th day (Sizdeh Bedar) of the New Iranian Year (started March 21), known as the Nature Day, people have been pouring into parks, mountain slopes, recreational centers on Wednesday morning to spend the day in the nature, according to an ancient tradition, IRNA reported.
In the city of Khorramabad, Lorestan province, the city park, Makhmal-Kouh mountain slopes, Shourab and Kiv lake attracted a great number of visitors.
Meanwhile, due to the coincidence of Sizdeh Bedar with Muharram, which is a mourning month among Muslims, some citizens chose to attend mosques and other religious centers.
The city of Qasr-e Shirin, on the common Iran-Iraq borderline, Kermanshah province, was crowded with a great number of Norouz (New Iranian Year) holiday makers.
Given that the pilgrims heading towards the pilgrimage centers in Iraq had to stop over in Qasr-e Shirin, the city has been of great appeal throughout the course of history.
Pataq natural landscapes and the charming Rijab area with a water-full river on the route between Kermanshah and Qasr-e Shirin are eye-dazzling.
The renowned winter palace constructed by the Sassanid monarch, Khosrow-Parviz, for his loved one, Shirin, was located in this historical city.
On the 13th day of the New Year, people in the port city of Bandar Anzali, northern Iran, spent the day at the Caspian Sea coast and the city outskirts, most of whom took on to tie grasses in accordance with an ancient tradition while praying that their wishes might come true and threw seven pieces of stone into the seawater.
The city has so far been visited by more than 800,000 New Year's holiday makers, which is twice that of the previous year.
Bandar Anzali known for having the greatest number of lodgings and accommodations across Gilan province including four hotels and 30 recreational centers, guest houses and beaches annually hosts tens of thousands of visitors.
The beautiful Anzali lagoon, water lilies, small and big islands and the seabirds flying over the Caspian Sea have almost doubled the charm of the city.
Head of Chahar-Mahal and Bakhtiari province Travel and Tours Department Mokhtar Baqeri told IRNA in the provincial capital city of Shahr-e Kord that 120 touristic attractions annually attract a great number of visitors in the New Year holiday.
According to him, the natural attractions bordering Zaiandeh-Roud River as well as the religious and historical monuments and recreational centers of great diversity have attracted almost 200,000 holiday makers to the province.
Atashgah falls, Zaman-Khan Bridge and Kouhrang recreational centers are some of the special attractions of the province.
The picnickers took time to get acquainted with some of the provincial symbols of the 9,000-year-old Iranian civilization.
Meanwhile, the provincial environment department warned the picnickers on the Nature Day to approach the nature with great care and attempt to preserve the environment.
In Kurdestan province, slopes of Abidar mountains, Sanandaj Qeshlaq dam, Arbaba mountain ranges and Soleyman-Bak plain in Baneh, Zarivar lake on the outskirts of Marivan, forests along Baneh-Sardasht route and Shahid Kazemi dam near the 3,000-year-old city of Saqqez are among the centers which attracted a great number of visitors.
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