News ID: 113444
Publish Date : 15 March 2023 - 22:00

Nearly Dozen Killed in Chaharshanbe Suri Incidents

TEHRAN – Eleven people were killed and more than 3,500 injured during celebrations for Iran’s traditional fire festival ahead of the Persian New Year, reports said Wednesday.
The fire festival, called Chaharshanbe Suri in Farsi, is celebrated every year on the night of the last Tuesday of the Iranian calendar year, which ends on March 20.
“Since February 20, 26 people have died in incidents related to Chaharchanbe Suri,” including at least 11 on the day of the event along with more than 3,550 injured, emergency services chief Jafar Miadfar told national television.
During the festival, participants jump over bonfires to purify themselves and ward off evil spirits, while chanting “I give you my yellow color” (indicator of disease) and “I take your red color” (symbol of life).
But Charshanbe Suri has deviated from its original rituals in recent decades and the extensive use of fireworks has been causing huge casualties and material damage each year now.
It is popular with young people, many of whom make their own fireworks for the event, a practice that sometimes results in injury or even death.