Hi my sweet friends
If you've ever been to Iran during the last Wednesday of the Persian year, you will have seen the lively celebration of Chahar Shanbe Soori. This is an ancient tradition; it literally means "Wednesday Fire," and is celebrated on the eve of the last Wednesday of the Persian year. This was on Tuesday 14 March this year.
Iranians believe that the fire is a symbol of light, warmth, and purity that cleanses the body and soul of all the negativity accumulated throughout the year. The celebration starts early in the evening when people light small bonfires on the streets, in public parks, or even in their own backyards. They then jump over the fires, while reciting the traditional chant:
"zardi-ye man az toh, sorkhi-ye toh az man" 🔥
This chant means "my yellow is yours, your red is mine." This is about asking for rejuvinating warmth and energy (red), and giving away paleness and sickness (yellow)!
Families and friends also socialise; they gather around the fires, play music, sing songs, and dance together. Ghashogh Zani is also popular, which literally means "spoon beating." This is when kids dress up in costumes and go door-to-door, banging spoons on plates or pots and singing songs in exchange for treats or money.
People also used to take part in Fal-Gush or fortune-telling, which is believed to reveal people's fate and destiny for the upcoming year. Some Iranians visit fortune-tellers who read their palms, interpret the shapes of the flames, or use other traditional methods to predict their future. Others write down their wishes and hopes on a piece of paper and toss it into the fire, hoping that the flames will carry their desires to the heavens.
Many Iranians also clean their homes thoroughly before Chahar Shanbe Soori, since it’s believed to be a way of preparing the house for the visit of benevolent spirits who offer blessings and protection, and driving away any negative energies or luck from the previous year. When I say the cleaning is thorough…. I really meant it! The cleaning usually involves sweeping, dusting, washing, and polishing every corner of the house. Some people also sprinkle rose water or other fragrances around the house, light candles or incense, and hang colorful banners or paintings to add to the festive atmosphere.
So, if you ever have the chance to experience Chahar Shanbe Soori, don't miss out! It’s such a fun celebration to mark the transition from winter to spring, and to wish for good luck and happiness in the coming year… we all want that!
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