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Châhârshanbe Suri 2017 (Persian: چهارشنبه ‌سوری‎) NYC Fire Festival

  • El Jardin del Paraiso 309 East 4th Street New York, NY, 10009 United States (map)
Celebrated by Iranian and Iranic peoples in Iran and across the world. The event takes place on the eve of the last Tuesday Night, March 15th (Wednesday Eve) to usher Nowruz  New Year, celebrated on the Vernal Equinox.

Join us for a transformational fire jumping night, in a Lower East Side community garden ushering in the spring! Free.

Location: El Jardin del Paraiso Community garden, at 309 East 4th Street (both entrances btw Avenues C & D)


There will be fire, music of Amir Vahab Ensemble, Fire Performance by Cinder Petrichor, FalGoosh/fortune telling Kate Temple-West, and yummy potluck traditional food. Please bring fresh *food and refreshment to share,

*Food is potluck so please bring food and refreshments to share. 

Please Email me or call 917-518-9987 if you are bringing any food or like to help  - PLEASE JOIN THE PLANNING MEETUP.


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Your kind donation will brighten our fires:

Presented by Aresh Javadi of More Gardens! organization's with much thanks to El Jardin del Paraiso community garden, and fortune telling by Kate Temple-West.


More Insights:

Literally the eve of 'Red Wednesday' or the eve of celebration, bonfires are lit 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 (Give me your beautiful red color; And take back my unhealthy pallor). 

Some practicalities: The fire is high in the beginning, and low near the end, so you get to choose how high you wanna jump!


Iranians believe that certain days are especially good for divination. During the Chaharshanbe Suri, divination, especially by listening to the conversations of the passers by and interpreting that which is heard (fālgūsh) as a sign is quite common. Kate Temple-West is a witch, which is close enough (and married to a Persian!)