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Photo News: Iranian Zoroastrians Celebrate Iranian Feast of Sadeh (Fire Festival)


01 February 2008



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LONDON, (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 Iranian empires.


Although Sadeh is now observed mainly by Zoroastrians, some other Zoroastrian rituals have survived Islam and still remain Iran’s national holidays.  


For example, Iranians 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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