Nowruz in Kermanshah – The 5-day ruler
Nowruz ceremonies in Kermanshah and surrounding areas, in western Iran, begin with spring cleaning and carpet cleaning. An old custom in Kermanshah is “shaking carpets”, when carpets are hung on bars on rooftops and the sound of brooms hit against the carpets is heard in all the back alleys of the city. Cleaning or “shaking carpets” is a big part of the spring cleaning which has been observed in Kermanshah from old times.
Pre-Nowruz traditional ceremonies in Yazd
Among the people of Yazd, the 10 days before Nowruz are known as “Panje Kouchak” [the small five days], and the ten days after Nowruz are known as “Panj-e Bozorg” [the big five days]. During the “Panj-e Kouchak” days, ceremonies such as Chaharshanbeh Suri [Fireworks Wednesday], breaking clay pitchers, cooking Ash-e reshteh, baking bread especially sweet breads, arranging the Haft-Sin table, Khāne-takānī [spring cleaning], and buying new clothes are performed.
Three dead 2082 injured during Charshanbeh Suri
During the Chaharshanbeh Suri celebrations in Iran last night, three people lost their lives, and there were 2082 cases of injury, 277 burns, 21 amputations, 15 fractures, and 151 hospitalizations. The Deputy of the emergency services of Iran announced that three people lost their lives during the Chaharshanbeh Suri firework celebrations in Iran last night.
Chaharshanbeh Suri - The festival of fire
Iran has had a long tradition of holding festivals, and Chaharshanbeh Suri is one of the ancient Iranian festivals of fire and a prelude to Nowruz. Many Iranian festivals have been forgotten during the course of history, but Chaharshanbeh Suri, on the eve of the last Wednesday of the year, is a night which, according to ancient Iranian rituals, people light a great fire that sometimes burns until dawn. They jump over bonfires and sing “[let] your ruddiness [be] mine, my paleness yours” to give their illnesses, problems and sorrows to the fire, and the fire gives them its warmth and ruddiness instead.