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Day in the park: Iranian families celebrate public picnic day

Ebrahim Noroozi / AP

Iranians fly kites during the ancient festival of Sizdeh Bedar, or public picnic day, at the Pardisan park, western Tehran, Iran, on April 2, 2013. The tradition of picnic day has occurred since ancient times in Iran, with families spending time outdoors on the thirteenth day of the Iranian calendar. Sizdah is the Persian word for thirteen.

Ebrahim Noroozi / AP

An Iranian woman smokes a water pipe during the ancient festival of Sizdeh Bedar in a park in western Tehran, Iran, on April 2.

Ebrahim Noroozi / AP

Iranians pose for pictures while they celebrate Sizdeh Bedar in a park in western Tehran, Iran, on April 2.

Ebrahim Noroozi / AP

An Iranian woman rides a bicycle as a man stands with his horse to lease at a park, during the ancient festival of Sizdeh Bedar, in western Tehran, Iran, on April 2.

Iranians headed outside to celebrate the ancient festival of Sizdeh Bedar, or public picnic day, in Tehran on Tuesday. The tradition of picnic day has occurred since ancient times in Iran, with families spending time outdoors on the thirteenth day of the Iranian calendar. Sizdah is the Persian word for thirteen.

--The Associated Press

Ebrahim Noroozi / AP

An Iranian girl flies a kite in ancient festival of Sizdeh Bedar at the Pardisan park, western Tehran, Iran, on April 2.

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