Sizdah Be-dar

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Sizdah Be-dar
Persian: سیزده بدر
Persians in Holland Celebrating Sizdah Bedar, April 2011 - Photo by Persian Dutch Network-PDN.jpg
Iranians in Holland Celebrating Sizdah Bedar, April 2011
Official name Ruz-e Tabi'at (Nature Day) (Persian: روز طبیعت‎)
Also called Ruz-e Sizdah Be-dar (Persian: روز سیزده بدر‎)
Observed by
Date April 1, 2
Frequency annual
13NouRouz
Sizdeh Bedar is celebrated on this 13th day of the Persian new year

Sizdahbedar or Sizdah Be-dar (also frequently stylized as "13 Bedar") (Persian: سیزده بدر‎) is the name of a festival in Persian Culture.[1]

Sizdah Bedar is the day Tir (The Blessed day) of the month Farvardin from ancient Persian (Iranian) calendar, which is the first day of agricultural activity of Ancient Persians. Be-dar in Persian means, going out. In this day Iranians go to have fun with their families all the day long, in some sub cultures they have 14 Be-Kaar, which means 14 to work. During recent years, Jewish-Islamic people have related 13 Be-dar as the unlucky 13, which isn't related to ancient Persian culture, one of the reasons for such interpretation is that in some years, 13 Farvardin is the same as April 1 (April Fools' Day).

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Sizdeh Bedar is celebrated in Iraq, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Central Asia, and elsewhere. An increasing number of participants are taking part in the holiday. In cities like Los Angeles with large populations of Iranians, a growing number of parks are set up by the city to accommodate the large number of people.

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  1. ^ Shahbazi, A. Shapur. "NOWRUZ ii. In the Islamic Period". Encyclopædia Iranica. Retrieved 8 January 2012.