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Zoroastrians Observe Hiromba Feast

 

16 April 2006

 

Varahram Fire Temple in Yazd

 

LONDON, (CAIS) -- Zoroastrians celebrated the ancient religious feast of Hiromba (making bonfires) in Ardakan’s Harisht region in central Yazd province on April 15th.


About 3,000 Zoroastrians from the cities of Yazd, Kerman, Isfahan, Shiraz, Tehran and other regions took part in the ceremony which has its roots in Sadeh Festivity, a mid-winter celebration observed on January 30th each year to mark the end of winter and the onset of a new season.


Reciting chapters of the holy scripture, Avesta, Zoroastrian citizens commemorated prophet Zarathushtra and those martyred during Iran-Iraq war.


Participants later gathered wood to make bonfires and pray in Shah Varahram Fire Temple in Sharifabad village, some 17 km off Harisht.


Zoroastrians then took the holy fire home to drop fragrant seeds on it and make their house blessed. They afterward took the fire back to the temple.


Currently only 6,000 remaining Zoroastrians are living in Yazd, Taft and Ardakan.

 

 

 

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