Eleven folks have been killed and greater than 3,500 injured throughout celebrations for Iran’s conventional fireplace competition forward of the Persian New 12 months, state media reported Wednesday.
The fireplace competition, known as Chaharshanbe Suri in Farsi, is widely known yearly on the evening of the final Tuesday of the Iranian calendar 12 months, which ends on March 20.
“Since February 20, 26 folks have died in incidents associated to Chaharchanbe Suri,” together with a minimum of 11 on the day of the occasion together with greater than 3,550 injured, emergency providers chief Jafar Miadfar informed state tv.
In the course of the competition, contributors soar over bonfires to purify themselves and beat back evil spirits, whereas chanting “I offer you my yellow color” (indicator of illness) and “I take your crimson color” (image of life).
The competition is a part of Iran’s pre-Islamic heritage and customarily frowned upon by the Shiite clerical institution.
However it’s widespread with younger folks, a lot of whom make their very own fireworks for the occasion, a follow that typically ends in damage and even demise.
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