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Iran: Supreme Leader tries again to discourage New Year tradition

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has once again criticized Chaharshanbeh Suri festivities, saying they go against Islam's Sharia laws.

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On Monday March 14, one day before Chaharshanbeh Suri, Ayatollah Khamenei's website published a question put to him regarding the Chaharshanbeh Suri festivities, to which he replied: "Chaharshanbeh Suri has no basis in Sharia and it is recommended that it be avoided."

Every year, Islamic Republic officials highlight the dangers of Chaharshanbeh Suri and try to prevent the festivities.

Chaharshanbeh Suri celebration in Tehran
(photo by Islamic Republic News Agency)

Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi referred to the Chaharshanbeh Suri festivities as "superstition" engaged in by "ignorant people" and he stressed that it should be avoided.

"Those who throw noisy firecrackers in the street should know that they have to answer for it on doomsday," the senior cleric was quoted as saying.

Chaharshanbeh Suri is a tradition from Iranian history that dates back to long before the arrival of Islam. It is celebrated on the last Tuesday evening of the year, which begins on the first day of spring. People in Iran celebrate the evening by making bonfires in neighbourhood alleyways and leaping over them, singing chants that ask the fire to burn away all ailments and give them health.

Photos: Chaharshanbeh Suri celebration in Tehran
(by Islamic Republic News Agency)


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