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Sizdah Be Dar
02-APR-2011 Ali Majdfar

Sizdah Be Dar

Sizdah in Persian means “thirteen” which traditionally is symbol of inauspiciousness and unluckiness.
In Persian tradition, sizdah be dar (literally: Good bye thirteenth) is the custom of leaving the house for nature and publicly celebrating the thirteenth (sizdah) day of the month of Farvardin (corresponding to April 2), the last day of the Nowruz Festival(Iranian New Year).
In modern times people go to parks, suburbs and having a picnic and throw their sabzeh – the seeds they grow near the beginning of Nowrooz - into a river, in adition to goldfish which is released into a pond or river, symbolizing the cycle of life.
Some girls also tie the sprouts of grass on this day, symbolizing their wish for good fortune in life and love.
Some people also pull practical jokes and tell white lies on this day, calling it the thirteenth lie (this is very similar to April Fools).
It seems our ancestors predicted our industrial living and set up a way for relieving corresponding stresses by seeking refuge to the Nature.

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barley2308-Apr-2011 00:20
Interesting holiday. We all need to spend more time in Natural surroundings. Good for the soul. V
Martin Lamoon04-Apr-2011 08:04
Great shot, enhanced by the excellent information. V
waterfalls man04-Apr-2011 03:11
Beautiful Shot & Information V!!
Marcia Colelli04-Apr-2011 01:44
Wonderful story and thank you for sharing. Great image V
Hans Koot03-Apr-2011 19:34
splendid, the story and the photo, well done
globalgadabout03-Apr-2011 17:41
an ancient tradition that shows a long link between Persians and nature..fascinating...
cambraniz03-Apr-2011 17:24
Thank you for sharing this beautiful history. V
pierreratte03-Apr-2011 17:23
Nice shot Ali, Bravo
Vince03-Apr-2011 13:24
Excellent shot and thanks for the information. Vote.
Zoltán Balogh03-Apr-2011 08:05
A very interesting story behind the capture Ali! V
NealyBob03-Apr-2011 07:19
Nice shot Ali! Thanks for the sharing the info~!V
laine03-Apr-2011 02:46
Such interesting traditions combining humour in there as well...thanks Ali
Lieve Snellings03-Apr-2011 01:46
interesting story Ali, nice photo too ! V
Randy Adams03-Apr-2011 00:05
Great shot and tradition Ali! thanks for sharing! V
Dennis Warren02-Apr-2011 23:02
A nice tradition to continue with..May we all live in peace and harmony some day
Larry Peterson02-Apr-2011 21:40
Very informative and a wonder image. V
pepe_carmona200002-Apr-2011 20:39
PM reply 02-Apr-2011 18:16
Great information and nice photo, Great vote
marie-jose wolff02-Apr-2011 20:17
tying the sprouts of grass for good fortune in love and life, what a beautiful tradition! V
Linda Johansson02-Apr-2011 20:06
Interesting history and nice photo! V
Blandine Mangin02-Apr-2011 19:14
very nice ! v
Tom LeRoy02-Apr-2011 18:45
Thank you for sharing and teaching us your traditions. Very nice corresponding shot!V!
Betty Vlasiu02-Apr-2011 18:34
Beautiful pose and colors, nice story!
Stephanie02-Apr-2011 18:16
Great information and nice photo Ali! V
eye2see02-Apr-2011 18:14
Just impeccable! Bravo ~V
Colin Storey02-Apr-2011 18:11
Great information and image. v
heather02-Apr-2011 18:06
Interesting information Ali.. nice shot! V
María Cano02-Apr-2011 16:56
"Some girls also tie the sprouts of grass on this day, symbolizing their wish for good fortune in life and love." .. Nice tradition .. but hopefull it will be as easy as it seems .. :) -V-
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