Every March the campus at the University of California at Irvine (UCI) becomes a place where large numbers of singles have a chance to get personal. Orange County residents flock to one grassy section of the UCI campus. They come in such droves that their mass departure normally creates a huge traffic jam.
How can one grassy area of UCI help two singles to get personal? Orange County residents who are familiar with Persian customs no doubt know the answer to that question. Perhaps those residents have been to the annual picnic on the UCI campus. It is a picnic that always takes place about two weeks after the first day of spring.
The first day of spring marks the start of Norooz, the Persian New Year. Norooz is a great time to get personal. Orange County Persians kiss friends and family on that first day of spring. According to a long-established custom, Persians want to avoid bad luck on the 13th day of the year. Persians believe that they can avoid bad luck by leaving their homes on the 13th day after the first day of spring.
This custom has now created a new opportunity for Orange dating. Many young Persians seize on the drive to go outside, confident that it has provided them with an additional way to get personal. Orange County young people frequently seek to build on an existing relationship by inviting a boyfriend or girlfriend to the picnic at UCI. The UCI campus thus becomes the focus for much once-a-year orange dating.
Students at UCI can not help but note the sounds and smells that result from this special, annual opportunity to get personal. Orange County skies, at least those skies above UCI, often become filled with smoke, as the picnickers cook kebab. In the afternoon, the students hear the excited squeals of young children. In the evening they hear the start-up of many car engines.
Those UCI students also hear other sounds, sounds that underline the presence of a drive to get personal. Orange County residents know that during one weekend in April, UCI is the place to hear Persian music. The picnickers eat and dance, with the young people trying to become better acquainted. Their goal is to get personal with members of the opposite sex.
At that UCI picnic, young couples sometimes encounter the call for service. When couples perform a service together then they work together in much the same way that a husband and wife must work together. Consequently the UCI picnic is more than just a chance to get personal. Orange County weddings could be initiated by the manner in which each various picnickers related to someone with whom he or see wanted to get personal. Orange County picnics could provide the potential marriage partners with an excellent premarital experience.
In light of that fact, it is easy to understand why so many young singles gravitate to UCI during the third week of the Persian year. Perhaps getting more personal was an item on their list of New Year's resolutions. It seems obvious that each of those singles has come to that spot in search of the one person who could be a long-time partner.