pronounced Chārshanbe-Sūri (Persian:
چارشنبهسوری) is an ancient Persian
festival dating at least to 1700 BCE of the early
Zoroastrian era. The festival of
fire is a prelude to the Norouz
festival, which marks the arrival of spring and revival of nature. Traditionally
celebrated on the last Wednesday night of the year, Chahrshanbeh Soori has,
since the Iranian revolution, been marked on the evening of the last Tuesday.
The word Chahar Shanbeh means Wednesday and Suri is red. Bonfires are lit to
keep the sun alive till early hours of the morning.
The celebration usually starts in the evening, with people making bonfires in
the streets and jumping over them.
The tradition includes people going into the streets and alleys to make fires,
and jump over them while singing the song Sorkhi-ye to az man, zardi-ye man
az to. The literal translation is, Your fiery red color is mine, and my
sickly yellow paleness is yours. This is a purification rite and 'soori'
itself means redness which hints at the color of fire.
Loosely translated, this means you want the fire to take your paleness,
sickness, and problems and in turn give you redness, warmth, and energy. There
is no religious significance attached to Chaharshanbeh Soori and it serves as a
cultural festival for Persian Jews, Muslims, Armenians, Kurds, Turks and
Zoroastrians alike. Indeed this celebration, in particular the significant role
of fire, is likely to hail from
Last Tuesday of every Persian year, IMAN's CYPG group makes great fireworks at
Please contact (310)-202-8181 for reserving your tickets to this event.