First I would like to apologize to my kind readers. I’m sorry I have not had time to write a lot lately. I was busy the last couple of days with my school stuff and also I am stressed out about the tests that are coming up.
Sizdah (13) Be Dar is one of our New Year traditions that we do. This day is the 13th day of the 1st month of the spring. Sizdah means thirteen. Bedar means to get rid of. I believe that this tradition also came from the Zoroastrian people. Long ago people believed that the number 13 is an unlucky number that will bring them danger.
On this day people usually go to picnic or somewhere that is near a water route such as a river. They stay out for a couple of hours with their family and friends. They also cook their lunch outside or before they go outside of their house. They eat a lot of things and they also will dance if they are in a private place. People in Iran are not allowed to dance in public, especially girls.
Iranian people enjoy this day very much. Last time I wrote on my blog what Sabzeh is. Sabzeh is wheat, barley, mung bean or lentil sprouts growing in a dish – symbolizing rebirth. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haft-Seen) One of the coolest things that we do on this day is we send the single girls to make a braid out of Sabzeh. The myth that this will help them to find a husband but it’s not true.
I have to say that this is not only for single girls. In fact it’s for any person that is wishing for something. It doesn’t matter if you are a female or male, you still are wishing for something. After braiding the Sabzeh or the grass you place the plant on the moving water. The water will carry the plant away.
I believe last time I wrote about the gold fish on the table, too. Well, on this day, if the gold fish are still alive, we release them in the water also. The schools will open again after the 15th which is 2 days after this day.
During these 13 days everybody in the family has to go to other houses. Young people in the family will go to the elder people’s house first which is a show of respect they have. Older people in the family will usually give money to the kids as a gift.