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Iranians take time out to enjoy nature on 'Sizdeh Bedar'

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Tehran, April 2, IRNA - People all over the country usually spend `Sizdeh Bedar', marked every 13th day of the first month of the Iranian new year, outside their homes in green areas of the country.

`Sizdeh Bedar' is the climax of Nowruz (festivities marking the start of the Iranian new year). But Sizdeh Bedar, which falls on the 13th day of Farvardin, the first month of the Iranian calendar, is believed to have a bad omen. People therefore go outdoors to ward off bad omen that comes with the number 13.

The idea of going outdoors to ward off bad omen associated with the number 13 also symbolizes the will and power to deal with evil all throughout the year.

Iranians today go out of their houses and head for parks and greenspaces to mark the end of New Year festivities and celebrate the start of the wonderful season of spring.

They eat traditional food, play games and throw bean sprouts grown for the New Year `Haft Sin' into rivers or empty fields and symbolically throw away all sickness, pain, and ill fate that could lay in the path of the family throughout the year.

Sizdeh Bedar provides people with the last chance to spend sometime with family and friends and enjoy the fresh smell of spring.

Also called `Day of Nature', it is a day to celebrate man's friendship with nature and shows the importance Iranian people all throughout their history have attached to the environment.

Traditionally, the young make a wish and tie blades of grass on this day.

... Payvand News - 4/2/07 ... --

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