Photographer's Note

"Chahar shanbe Souri" is a night before the last Wednesday of Pesian year. It is an ancient symbolic tradition in which Iranians do some fire plays. This tradition, alike Norouz, dates from Pre-Islamic times.

The last Wednesday of the year is celebrated by the Iranian people as Chahar Shanbe Soori, when people go into the streets and alleys, make fires, and jump over them while singing the traditional song "Zardie man az tou Sorkhie tou az man" (literally: I give you my yellow, you give me your red (the color of the fire), but figuratively: My paleness (sickness) to you, your ruddiness (health) to me).
also in cities, firecrackers and explosions could be heard everywhere in this years unfortunately.

But intersting note is this:
The Islamic regime has been changing its stance regarding the celebration of the pre-Islamic and the Iranian national holiday of Norouz, it has been almost consistent in its opposition to the Chahar-shanbe-souri ceremony. The clergies condemn every year the practice of this 'pagan' ceremony, and, therefore, it has been always a time of tension and conflict with the Islamic regime since its establishment. At the time of the ceremony, the Iranian national television broadcasted every year two famous Hollywood movies, in order to attract viewers and to avoid their appearance on the streets.

The islamic government is against this ancient tradition! but people (specially youth) do this celebration every year. inattentive to animus of islamic government.

Fire has been sanctified in iran from old in ancient persia. this belief exist in this land yet. i think this belief's origin is from zoroastrian religion.

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