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Sizdah be dar
01-APR-2008 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 Norouz (Iranian New Year).
This is the last phase of the New Year festival. In modern times people go to parks, suburbs and having a picnic and throw their sabzeh – the seeds they grow near the beginning of Norooz - into a river, symbolizing the cycle of life. Some girls also tie the sprouts of sabzeh 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). People also release goldfish into a pond or river.
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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Wendy O20-Feb-2009 15:49
Great look at your culture, thanks for sharing all your wonderful images of Iran. It's people like you who give the rest of the world a greater understanding of your country. Keep posting your wonderful images and stories.
1moremile07-Jul-2008 23:34
Great photo and interesting history. Voted.
Shirley Haden16-May-2008 00:13
I have to go into the woods or to the river almost daily. It is very very relaxing but, I prefer to not see another soul while I am out and about. I prefer the birds and deer. HA! I am kidding, so now I am using up my thirteenth lie. ;o) I love how the folks in the forground seem to be playing a game of soccer or horse shoes, or something like that, like a big picnic. This photo gives a very happy vibe!
Sheila12-Apr-2008 01:45
This sounds like such fun perhaps we should all adopt the practice :-)
Sam Stevenson02-Apr-2008 23:35
Sounds like a very worthwhile celebration.
Barb02-Apr-2008 14:52
Interesting information and great color and capture of the scene.
XiaoBernard9902-Apr-2008 12:53
I hope to tie with you a long fraternity in crossing our love of the life and nice pictures.
Carol Breton02-Apr-2008 12:44
Wonderful scene and background information. Finding nature is certainly a wonderful stress reliever. V
Char02-Apr-2008 12:13
Hi Ali,
An excellent capture of this scene. Great colours and composition. Thanks for the interesing information. \/
Yvonne02-Apr-2008 11:37
What a very pretty setting to celebrate in, love the history Ali! v
Simon Chandler02-Apr-2008 06:45
A festive image. Great info. v
TuTmin02-Apr-2008 04:52
exquisite image .100 Afarin. hope you enjoyed a lot.V~
Soenda02-Apr-2008 03:40
The ancestors were indeed quite prescient. Sizdah be dar sounds like a good way to take along the new year's renewal into the the rest of the calendar. Thank you very much for telling us about your culture's traditions.
Hank Vander Velde02-Apr-2008 01:33
Nice image and nice rendition Ali. V.
Guest 02-Apr-2008 01:16
Very interesting
Barbara Read and Fred Schaad02-Apr-2008 00:00
What wonderful tradition! Thanks for sharing this bit of your cultural heritage with us.
parallaxes01-Apr-2008 20:46
Cool image of happy days ; thank's also for this judicious comment ; V
laine8201-Apr-2008 19:38
Thanks again, Ali...another interesting story of one of your traditions. All having a great time, sounds good !!
Victoria01-Apr-2008 19:19
Looks so much fun, i love to join in !Vote
Ceya01-Apr-2008 16:11
Colourful image, interesting information! V
Patricia Lay-Dorsey01-Apr-2008 15:46
Oh, Ali, I want to BE there!!! Thank you so much for giving us this information about your Persian traditions. Such a rich heritage!
Paco López01-Apr-2008 15:39
Very interesting tradition and colourful shot! V!
Fong Lam01-Apr-2008 15:18
Thanks for the information on this interesting tradition, Ali.
This is a wonderful capture and composition.
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