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Chahar-Shanbeh Souri (feast of fire)

One of the Persian New Year celebrations is called Chahar-Shanbeh Souri, which literally means "the eve of the last Wednesday of the Persian year", just before the Vernal Equinox or the first spring time.
During 'Shahr-Shanbeh Souri', people jump over the fire joyously to chase the darkness and cold of winter and welcome the sweetness and warmth of spring that marks the birth of nature. This feast is a Persian ritual, transmitted from the ancient Zoroastrian times. In Iran it is customary for people to create bonfires in front of their homes throughout the neighborhood and to jump over it as the sun goes down. People jump over the fire saying : All sicknesses for you and your power to me !