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An Iranian girl runs with a kite during the ancient festival of Sizdeh Bedar, an annual public picnic day on the 13th day of the Iranian new year, west of Tehran, Iran, on April 2, 2014. Sizdeh Bedar, which comes from the Persian words for “thirteen” and “day out,” is a legacy from Iran’s pre-Islamic past that hardliners in the Islamic Republic never managed to erase from calendars. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

An Iranian girl runs with a kite during the ancient festival of Sizdeh Bedar, an annual public picnic day on the 13th day of the Iranian new year, west of Tehran, Iran, on April 2, 2014. Sizdeh Bedar, which comes from the Persian words for “thirteen” and “day out,” is a legacy from Iran’s pre-Islamic past that hardliners in the Islamic Republic never managed to erase from calendars. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)