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Iranian Zoroastrians Celebrate Iranian Feast of Sadeh (Fire Festival)
01 February 2008
courtesy of Persian service of ISNA (Click
(CAIS) -- Iran's
Zoroastrians have gathered at their fire temples across Iran on Wednesday to
mark Sadeh - an
Iranian feast celebrating the creation of fire that has been observed since the
days when their religion was the overwhelming belief in the powerful pre-Islamic
Sadeh is now observed mainly by Zoroastrians, some other Zoroastrian rituals
have survived Islam and still remain Iran’s national holidays.
celebrate Nowruz, or the New Year, in March with Chahar-Shanbe
Suri, or the Wednesday Feast. During the rites, Iranians light bonfires
in the streets and jump over them and dance, hoping to put failures behind them
and start the New Year with prosperity – and the rite has persisted despite
attempts by the ruling clerics to discourage it as un-Islamic.
At the winter solstice, the longest night of the year, Iranians mark the Feast
of Yalda, an ancient tradition from pre-Zoroastrian times, when families get
together and stay up late, swapping stories and munching snacks.
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