“So, what did you do over spring break?” “I didn’t really do anything. I watched Netflix, jumped over fire, slep-” “Wait, you jumped over fire..?”
Yes, I jumped over fire, which is my American way of saying I celebrated Chaharshanbe Suri. As mentioned in another post, Chaharshanbe Suri, translating to mean “ Red Wednesday,” is a fire festival that is celebrated on the eve of the last Wednesday before Nowruz (Persian New Year). We jump over fire to purify ourselves from sickness, life difficulties, filth, bitterness, and basically everything bad. This is then replaced by the positive energy given off from the fire we jump over. Essentially, we’re going into the to the new year with a new and progressive mindset, ready for good fortune.
The way the event plays out is that we arrive around dusk, mingle until the night sets in, and then we leap over a line of mini bonfires. Like any other Persian function, the night ends with food and dancing. If you feel like your fortune isn’t working in your favor, I insist that come join us next year to better cleanse your soul in preparation for your future full of prosperity and success. The event is usually always held at Lake Arcadia, located in Edmond either the last Tuesday or Wednesday night before the spring equinox, or Nowruz.