Picnic in dasht o biaboon

Photo essay: 13 Bedar in Karaj

by kfravon
I went for a walk to the park down the street from our house in Karaj Thursday morning and in the afternoon, a friend drove me to another spot where folks picnic'd in dasht o biaboon. I hope you enjoy the pictures. -- Faranak Ravon

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thank you azizan...

by kfravon on

for the nice comments. glad i could share the spirit of the day with most of you....

we just got back....i wasn't able to take pictures as before since my mother-in-law was sick in the hospital.

i did manage to get out here and there and capture some shots...

..stay tuned for more...


How adorable is the elderly

by desi on

How adorable is the elderly couple with their feet dangling off the park bench? Love it.


people and places

by nader khan (not verified) on

Thx and have a great 1388.
Happy Nurooz to all.


Simple people

by Anonymousa (not verified) on

Simple People, Simple Pleasures, Simple life; is that too much to ask?


Great and Real Portrait and people!

by Shahriar Taherkhani (not verified) on

I like to thank you for doing a freedom of photography in a way the sens of reality shown by real people.

You have great eyes for photography.

Thanks for sharing!


Majid jaan

by AM. (not verified) on

Majid jaan, 48(bi masoo'liat or baa masoo'liat!) and 108 are such cuteeees!
Had to go back and look...

These pix are great!


please dont think about bombing iran

by withaheart (not verified) on

Why would anyone even think about bombing Iran? These pictues were so simple and great.


Thank you so much for

by Shirin Saeidi on

Thank you so much for this--it made my day.  I have actually been in Karaj during 13 bedar and it's just as fun as these photos suggest!

 all the best,



great eye for the mundane!

by Anonymously on

the ordinary, the everyday. this is the real iran. the 80%, if not 90. not the intellectualizing, the philosophizing, the sermonizing. not the revolutionaries, the war-mongers, the atom-bomb making. everyday folks in search of everyday comforts, proud of their simple humanity. great job and thank you!

(these few pictures gives me more pride to be an iranian than all the glitz and glamor cherry-picked from the past and routinely peddled on this site.)


How simple and natural

by Mehbod (not verified) on

I lost over 30 of them. Darn it, time creeps on you.


Thank you Khanom Ravon!

by Monda on

As usual you captured the spirit of the occasion beautifully.


فقط سه تا کلمه..........







فقط یه سئوال........چرا تو عکس شماره ٤٨ این رانندهء بی مسئولیت اتوبوس  از ماشینش اومده بیرون و داره استراحت میکنه در حالیکه تو عکس شمار ١٠٨دوست دخترش حیوونکی کنار خیابون علف زیر پاش سبز شده؟

ببخشین.......یک کم بیشتر از سه تا کلمه شد!


just beautiful....

by sarshar45 on

these photos were just so beautiful! you can see a real spirit during this day. i especially loved the black and white photos.

my mouth was watering looking at all of the food... especially the bread.


thanks so much for sharing them with us.


I'd began to wonder where

by MI (not verified) on

I'd began to wonder where you were and missed your contributions here.
And here you show up with a wondewrful, full of joy , reality based, having the true essence of 13 Bedar pictures...
As someone else pointed out here, I didn't want the pix to end!
Thank you.

Ari Siletz

Much appreciated Sid

by Ari Siletz on

This could lead to an article on the Iranian philosophy of architecture.



by aliali (not verified) on

simplicity of 13 bedar in Karaj worth more than looking at eid events with brands name and puppies in Westwood, there is reality and fake, soul and soulless. in the end , fake and soulless will fail.



by Sid Sarshar on

Give me a few days.  I will check my photo bank and see what I have.  The idea of blending in with nature has not cought on in Iran yet. For now, Outdoing nature is in.


Ari Siletz

Thanks Sid Sarshar

by Ari Siletz on

If you have pics or links to haftrang shomal communities I would be grateful if you obliged. Curious to see how they're pulling it off. I'm sure they've solved the artistic problem; it would just be great to learn what they're doing. 

Optic bright colors were introduced into camping tents precisely because they clashed with the environment, making it easier to spot by the the rescue helicopter.  Now do you see why the world hangs in the balance on this issue? 


Great stuff

by shirazie (not verified) on

That was real stuff. No one to ruin your day with handing you leaflets of -Bahiaism, Mormonism, Christianity stuff. The grap that goes on in Irvine, SoCal every year.

I am jealous


beautiful pictures

by IRANdokht on

Thank you so much for taking me there with your wonderful photos.

I loved how they used good china and glassware at the picnic. Persian tea never tastes as good as when it's served in a glass.

I wished they would provide people with public parks that have safe built-in fire pits for kabob, accessible plumbing and shaded areas. It doesn't cost much and our people love picnics.



To Ari

by Sid Sarshar on

If you visit Shomal, you will see that people are building homes with these colors in the middle of beautiful green mountains.  "Haft Rang" is in.  Mano Bebin! 

The spirit of 13 Bedar is evident in these pictures.  Faranak did a wonderful job of catching the moment.  I can't remember when was the last time I looked at an essay with over a 100 pictures and still wanted to see more,  Great job.

sid sarshr 

Ari Siletz

Wonderful!Thank you!.

by Ari Siletz on

Took me back. And really glad to see the sizdeh bedar spirit is thriving. One gripe: would some Iranian entrepreneur please re-offer khaki colored tents to Iranian campers? I know Iranians would have the saleegeh to buy them. I'd do it myself, but don't know how. These optic yellows, reds and greens are totally farangi baazee haal geeree in an otherwise aesthetically mindful tradition.


no gucci

by hamidbak on

Man, Iranians in Iran have a lot to learn about 13bedar...

There were no black BeBe outfits, no Gucci sunglasses, no Dolce & Gabbana pants...what the hell?

Good pics...take me back to a time where things were done the way they were meant to be, simple and without luxury...


Bah Bah aali bood!

by Mehrnaz (not verified) on

Lovely pictures! What a spirit and capacity to enjoy!



by Akkas (not verified) on

Faranack the Persian saying of 'last year friend, this year acquintance' applies to you. Your 13 bedar photos from last year to this year is literally a world apart!

This one is truly unique and one of the best 13 bedar albums I've seen. My favorite were these:





Simple Life

by hossein.hosseini on

Great pictures, thanks for sharing. Reminds me of a simpler life and things to enjoy without using too much plastic.

Jahanshah Javid

Jaaye maa khaali

by Jahanshah Javid on

Wonderful pictures. Great vision. You've done it again :o)

13 Bedar in dasht o biaaboon in Iran was much more fun than in nowhere USA :o)