Saturday, March 18, 2017

Fire Jumping! Persian New Year! Why is it so fucking cold out!

So I missed the annual fire jumping I love at La Plaza cause I was not online much to see the tonight I went to the one at El Jardin a cool garden on east 4th st that has a great treehouse I want to live in someday. Lots of kids there with their parents, all kinds of people and lots of nice snacks too though I don't eat anymore because I am working on my BIKINI BODY. I am also growing my nose hair super long to dread it but that's another story.
So here is the summary of what this is exactly:
        "What we will do: We will light small fires at sunset, then jump through the fire. It is customary to sing the phrase, "zardi-ye man az toh, sorkhi-ye toh az man" as you jump. Literal translation: my yellow is yours, your red is mine. This is a purification rite. Loosely translated, it means you want the fire to take your pallor, sickness, problems and winter blues and in turn give you health, warmth, and energy. 

Background: The ancient Persian New Year, Nowruz falls on the spring equinox, March 20th, on the Gregorian (western) calendar. Nowruz is based on the solar calendar, which is the direct descendant of the Zorastrian calendar. Chahārshanbeh-Sūri is an ancient festival dating to the Zoroastrian past of Persia, going back circa 2600 BC. It is a prelude to the ancient Persian New Year festival, which marks the arrival of spring. On the last eve of Wednesday of the Zoroastrian year, just before the spring equinox bonfires are lit in the streets from dusk to early hours of dawn. People jump through the fire, to exorcise the old year and its misfortunes and bring about regeneration.

In Farsi, Chaharshanbeh means Wednesday and Suri means red. The bonfires are lit at sunset to keep the sun alive till early hours of the morning. From among the Zoroastrian festivals some of the most important ones pertained to fire, a symbol of good health, cultivation, light, and purity. With the help of fire and light, we hope to see our way through to the end of the year, to the arrival of spring’s longer days. The human faces her ultimate fear by jumping over the fire. That cleansing act is necessary before the advent of spring and the Vernal Equinox.

Another ceremony this night is Ghashogh zani, (spoon banging). Traditionally, many, specially children, wrap themselves in cloaks and run through the streets banging on pots with spoons, and knocking on doors for treats, symbolically reenacting visits from the spirits of the ancestors. Possibly, Halloween is a Celtic variation of this night. It is customary to offer “ajeel”, a mix of nuts and dried fruit to people on this night.
In Iran Chahārshanbeh-Sūri serves as a cultural festival for Persians, Jews, Muslims, Armenians, Kurds, Turks and Zoroastrians who celebrate it and other Zoroastrian traditions Shabe Cheleh, the longest night of the year in December, or Jashne-Mehregan, the fall festival."

And here are a few kinda crappy pics I took with my pal Bill and some videos that came out pretty near cause we climbed up in the treehouse to take them. I cannot wait for it to be April already and warm! Hell, I can drop 10lbs just marching in rallies against Agent Orange every few days which I will surely be doing soon. And the melting snowman in front of Csquat added in for fun. It was punk the other day but now it's a cowboy.


  1. You guys GOTTA see this.....mind blown: