Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Happy Nowruz, Iranian New Year

Happy Nowruz!
Nowruz (Persian: نوروز‎ literally "new day" or "day of renewal") is the name of the Iranian New Year, also known as the Persian New Year, which is celebrated worldwide by Iranians, along with some other ethno-linguistic groups, as the beginning of the New Year.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Chaharshanbeh Suri

Canada/Montreal, Chaharshanbeh-Suri!
Chaharshanbeh Suri is an Iranian festival celebrated on the eve of the last Wednesday before Nowruz (the Iranian New Year's day).
Before the start of the festival, people gather brushwood in an open, free exterior space. At sunset, after making one or more bonfires, they jump over the flames, singing sorxi-ye to az man, zardi-ye man az to, literally meaning "[let] your ruddiness [be] mine, my paleness yours", or a local equivalent of it. This is considered a purificatory practice.
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