Sizdah Be-dar

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Sizdah Be-Dar
Persian: سیزده به در‎‎
Persians in Holland Celebrating Sizdah Bedar, April 2011 - Photo by Persian Dutch Network-PDN.jpg
Iranians in the Netherlands 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
Sizdeh Bedar is celebrated on this 13th day of the Persian new year

Sizdah Be-Dar (also romanized as Sizdahbedar and Sizdah Bedar, frequently stylized as "13 Bedar") (Persian: سیزده به در‎‎, literally: 13th in outdoors) is a festival in the Iranian culture, and part of the Nowruz new year celebration rituals, held on the 13th of Farvardin (the 1st month of the Iranian calendar), during which people spend time picnicking outdoors.[1]

Sizdah Bedar is the day Tir (The Blessed day) of the month Farvardin from ancient Persian (Iranian) calendar, which was the first day of agricultural activity in ancient Persia. Be-dar in Persian means going out. Iranians go to enjoy the day with their families. 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 primarily in Iran with the largest groups of celebrants. Smaller groups of people in countries such as Armenia, Turkey, and Central Asia also observe Sizdeh Bedar. 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 cities to accommodate the large numbers of celebrants.

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