As much as we get close to Nowruz, people rush for many things such as shopping and cleaning. But one particular event we wait for is Chaharshanbe Suri. This exciting event takes place in the last Tuesday night of Persian calendar. The live and moving red of fire embraces the night and fights of to the cold of winter. People gather around a big fire and happily start dancing and singing: My yellowness is of you, Your redness is of me!
Fire always have been a sacred element in Persia. So it is not a surprise to have a whole ceremony just to admire it!Chaharshanbe Suri Itisthe nameofafestivalthathaslongbeencelebratedina solemnceremonyandisknownbythe namesof last Wednesdaycelebrationsofthe yearandWednesdaynight.Itstartsonthe evening ofthe lastTuesdayof the yearandcontinuesuntilthe endofthe night.
It has been told, many years ago, when Zoroaster set the Persian calendar, halfofthatwasTuesdayfromthe oldyearandthenew yearbeganinthe afternoon.Sincetheywereatthebeginningof eachdayinthe middle of the night,theydeclaredthefollowing TuesdayasNowruz, andspentthenightcelebratingthefireworks. Yearspassed,and celebratingthelastTuesdayof the yearregardlessofthe startofthe yearwasa long –standing culturalmark.
Traditions of Chaharshanbe Suri
Of course making a big fire and siting around it is a custom of this night but there are plenty of other traditions about Chaharshanbe Suri.
The most famous one is that kids go to doors in groups with a bowl and spoon. They create noise with them and ask for nuts like pistachio and walnut.
Another custom of this night is jumping above fire.
There are a few customs that are added recently, like sending a lantern in to sky or using chines firework instrument. But this festival still is one of the Persian ceremonies.