Chaharshanbe Suri, also known as the Iranian Fire Festival, is a celebration that takes place on the last Tuesday night of the Persian year, just before Nowruz. During this festival, people light bonfires in the streets and jump over them, as a symbolic way of purifying themselves and their surroundings.
In Tehran, Chaharshanbe Suri is a lively and colorful celebration that takes over the city. As the sun sets, people take to the streets to light their bonfires and start jumping over them.
Video: Chaharshanbe Suri in Tehran
The air is thick with smoke and the smell of burning wood, as families and friends gather around the flames to socialize and share food.
As the night wears on, the bonfires grow larger and more intense, and the sound of firecrackers fills the air. Despite the chaos and noise, there is a sense of community and togetherness among the people of Tehran, as they come together to celebrate this important festival.
While Chaharshanbe Suri can be a dangerous celebration, with the risk of burns and injuries from jumping over the flames, the people of Tehran continue to embrace this tradition and see it as an important part of their culture and heritage. For visitors to Tehran during this festival, it can be a unique and unforgettable experience, offering a glimpse into the rich traditions and customs of Iran.