Iranians mark Nature’s Day as Nowruz holidays end (Photos)
People across Iran are celebrating Sizdah Bedar, the ancient festival of nature, on the last day of Nowruz holidays, with many leaving houses and spending time with their loved ones outdoors to enjoy fresh spring air before beginning their work schedule.
According to Press TV, Sizdah Bedar, also called Nature’s Day, marks the 13th day of Farvardin, the first month of the Iranian calendar, and the final day of the two-week Persian New Year holidays, which began on March 21.
On this day, which fell on April 2 this year, it is customary for Iranians leave cities and head out to parks or countryside on picnics.
According to popular belief, the 13th day of the month is a time when bad luck and unfortunate events could hit.
Among the traditions of Sidzah Bedar, which literally means 13 outdoors, is throwing Sabzeh, a patch of grown sprouts kept as an item on the Haft-Seen during Nowruz holidays, into a stream, a river or anywhere where water flows.
Haft-Seen table is a tabletop arrangement of seven items alliteratively beginning with the letter “Seen” in the Persian Alphabet, which sounds similar to “S.”
It is a traditional belief that the sprouts on the Haft-Seen collect all the negative things in the household, and throwing them away on Sizdah Bedar represents getting rid of the negativity and evil.
Another tradition is for single people, especially young girls, to tie the leaves of the greenery before discarding it, expressing a wish to get married in the year ahead.
Sizdah Bedar is also known as Nature’s Day in Iran.
Since ancient times, Iranians have been fond of nature and its beauties. In recent years, however, there has been extra emphasis on making efforts to preserve nature on this day by planting trees and cleaning up the natural environment by removing any rubbish discarded by irresponsible others.