Photos by Mehrvarz Ahmadi, ISNA
People in Tabriz, northwestern Iran, celebrated Chaharshanbeh-Suri on Tuesday night.
People leap over the flames while shouting 'sorkhie tu az man, zardieh man az tu' (your fiery red color is mine and my sickly yellow paleness is yours). This is a purification rite and 'suri' itself means red and fiery.
Chaharshanbeh-Suri (festival of the last Wednesday) is an old tradition of Iranians practiced every last Tuesday night of Iranian calendar year. Iranian nation celebrate this evening by making fire and jumping over it, just a few days before the arrival of the Persian New Year Norouz (March 21). This tradition has been registered on Iran's intangible heritage list. The historical documents indicate that people hold a ceremony on this day to ward off all the misfortunes and bad omens, hoping that their wishes will come true.
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