Chahar Shanbe Suri

Photo: Larry Retzlaff

Chaharshanbe Suri is held The Last Wednesday of a year, fire and light hoped for health and happiness through the coming year. This is the ancient festival of Iran (1700 BCE.) and falls on the last Tuesday evening of every Persian calendar year. It usually starts in the evening, with people making bonfires in the streets and jumping over them. People leap over the flames, shouting: (Sorkhi-e to az man) Give me your beautiful red color (Zardi-e man az to) And take back my sickly pallor! Some believe jumping over bonfires is a way of taking away negative energy, sickness, and problem and in turn getting fulfillment, warmth, and energy.


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