Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Is it Fire-Jumping Time Already?

Has it been a year since I witnessed people jumping over a barbecue grill on my roof (and I can honestly say) for the first time?

I suppose so - a friend told me she was going to Fire Island for the fire-jumping event this year, part of the traditional Iranian New Year festivities. How apropos.

Wait, does jumping over homos even count?

1 comment:

Ramin said...

On the eve of the last Wednesday of the old year, called Shabe Chahar Shanbeh Suri, people gather on the streets in their neighborhood or even in their own backyards and jump over a fire while singing the phrase below over and over.

The flames represent good so you jump over the fire to take away the bad luck. You sing “sorkhiyeh to az man, zardieh man az to” which means give me your healthy red glow and take my yellow color away.

After jumping over the fire, children usually go door to door in their neighborhood “ghashogh zani”, banging on pots with spoons. Kids cover themselves so they cannot be known, knock on the doors and get treats.


There, now you know ... Remember last year that girl almost called the police on us? lol