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Photos: Chaharshanbeh-Suri Celebrations In Tehran - Part II

Photos by Arash Khamooshi, ISNA

People celebrated Chaharshanbeh-Suri on on Tuesday night across Iran. These photos show the people in the capital city Tehran enjoying this festive occasion.

Chaharshanbeh-Suri is an old tradition of Iranians practiced on the last Tuesday of the Iranian calendar year before the arrival of the new year Nowruz. Chaharshanbeh Suri is celebrated by jumping over bon fires while reciting short verses wishing their problems to be over and they gain the brilliance of fire. This is a purification rite and is a very popular aspect of Nowruz celebrations.

Chaharshanbeh-Suri has been registered on Iran's intangible heritage list.


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- Nowruz, "New Day", is the holiest and most joyful festival of the Zoroastrian year and the most important national festival for all Iranians. Its celebration is recorded from the Achaemenian period around 500 BCE. Nowruz first appears in Pahlavi texts from the Sasanian period, as nog roz. It is a celebration of spring equinox, when the sun begins to regain strength and there is a renewal of growth in nature. -Massoume Price 03/18/13


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