Thursday, 18 April 2013


From Sunday 31 March to 2nd April, lots of families visited Lyme Park to celebrate the 13th day of Iranian New Year.

Iranian/Persian New Year, or Nowruz (pronounced: n’rooz has been celebrated for over 3,000 years. In Persian ‘Nowruz’ means "[The] New Day").
Nowruz marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the year in the Iranian calendar. It is celebrated on the day of the astronomical Northward equinox, usually 21 March. The moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator and equalizes night and day is calculated exactly every year and Iranian families gather together to observe the rituals. On New Year's Day, families dress in new clothes and start twelve days of celebrations, visiting their family and friends.

The thirteenth day after New Year is called ‘Sizdah Bedar(pronounced: seda bedar) which means "passing the thirteenth day", figuratively meaning "Passing the bad luck of the thirteenth day"). This is a day of festivity in the open, often accompanied by music and dancing, usually at family picnics. Lyme offers the perfect spot for relaxing and celebrating outdoors.

Sizdah bedar’ celebrations stem from the ancient Persians' belief that the 12 constellations in the Zodiac controlled the months of the year, and each ruled the earth for 1000 years, at the end of which the sky and earth collapsed in chaos. Hence Nowruz lasts twelve days; the thirteenth day represents the time of chaos when families avoid the bad luck associated with the number thirteen by going outdoors and celebrating!

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