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Fri 2 Apr 2010, 9:00am–6:00pm

Where: Mount Eden Domain, Mt Eden, Mt Eden

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Alireza

Sīzdah be-dar or Sēzdah ba-dar (Persian سیزده بدر, lit. "getting rid of thirteen") is the Iranian Festival of "Joy and Solidarity" celebrated on the 13th day of the new year and the month of Farvardin (corresponding to April 1 or 2, depending on leap or non-leap year), the last day of the Nowruz (Iranian New Year) period.

This is the last phase of the New Year's celebrations which begins with the fire festival of Chaharshanbe Suri of the Persian New Year. The custom is to spend the day outdoors e.g., in the parks or the countryside. It is believed that "Joy" and "Laughter" clean the mind from all evil thoughts, and the picnic is usually a festive or happy event. In 2008, Sizdah-bedar coincided with April 1.

In modern times people go to parks, have a picnic and throw their sabzeh – the sprouts they grow near the beginning of Nowruz - 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 will also release goldfish into a pond or river.

Sizdah is also known as the rule of Balban where a person shouldn't turn his back to his Sultan.

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