Traditions and Customs only Iranians will understand!

This was a new one for me. And I saw it for the first time during my first week in Iran when I lived in Mashhad: I’m taking an evening walk in Kuh Sangi Park. It’s a beautiful park with streams flowing through it set to the backdrop of a rocky mountain. Families are out picnicking (a beloved Iranian pastime), playing badminton, and chatting. And then I notice a watermelon in one of the streams. My initial thought was, “Did someone drop this on the way to score the perfect picnic spot?” (And if so, how come it didn’t bust?) As I continue my walk, I see more watermelons.