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Chaharshanbe Suri Latest:
Breaking News: More Gardens! have after many years of advocacy been granted the first NYC administration permitted Chaharshanbeh Suri !!!
Time: Tuesday, March 13th, 6-9 pm
Contact: Aresh Javadi (917) 518-9987
Past News: Village Voice news article by Anita Abedian
What: Châhârshanbe Suri (Persian: چهارشنبه سوری) is a fire jumping festival celebrated by Iranian and Iranic peoples across the world. The event takes place on the eve of the last Tuesday Night, March 13th to usher Nowruz New Year, celebrated on the Vernal Equinox.
Literally, the eve of 'Red Wednesday', the bonfires are lit Tuesday night in public places with the help of fire and light, enlightenment and happiness throughout the coming year are called in. People leap over the flames, shouting: Sorkhi-ye to az man; Zardi-ye man az to (The red of yours is mine (Give me your transformative energizing/wellness red color); The yellow of mine is yours (I let go of my unwellness into the transformative fire).
Amir Vahab Ensemble: distinguished composer/vocalists of Sufi and folk music
Fire performance by the magnificent Cinder Petrichor, one of the most unique and versatile fire performers in the industry
More Details: Chaharshanbeh Suri Facebook Link
We'd like to deeply thanks the community gardeners of El Jardin del Paraiso, the GreenThumb Parks program, FDNY, our fire producer Cinder Petrichor, the Iranian diaspora, and the open spirit of community and justice for all people.
Thank you all for a most amazing Summer Camps 2017
Thank you all: Chaharshanbeh Suri Friday March 14th & 17th - Stella Snow Blizzard
Thank you all brave souls who came this Tuesday during the blizzard and jumped over fire as well as the many who requested an encore and come in-force on Friday
An amazing fire jumping nights, celebrating Chaharshanbeh Suri's Festival of Fire as we enter Spring. Free for All! Donations, of course are very welcome here :)
Thank you El Jardin del Paraiso community garden, for welcoming us again, in particular Marta and JK who helped make it all happen.
We thank the fire, the rich music of Amir Vahab Ensemble and the many volunteers, especially, Bill Cashman for cutting wood, Tara Tabassi and Jhaleh for magnificent banner making and George Hirose for fabulous photos of our event. The food and drinks everyone brought was amazing.
Please Email me firstname.lastname@example.org or call with any photos/videos and most important all suggestions for making our event becoming a City administration supported and how we can make it even better for next year!
Your host Aresh Javadi
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