This explanation from our friends in Iran.
Why people have chosen ‘Feast of Fire Day’ (Chaharshanbesori) to rise against the clerical regime?
What do history and ceremonies of this day mean for Iranians? Maybe it is because of the current conditions in Iran that people vastly use every event to cry against the rule of the Mullahs, and for freedom.
But about this day; Charshanbesori, we must know more. Not only it is an opportunity for a political move but the day in its nature and content is a riot against impurity, oppression and darkness. And of course when it coincides with the nationwide uprising it will raise enthusiasm amongst people especially the youths.
This year, both sides, the youths of Iran and the regime, are preparing for a blazing war on the day. Though we are bare handed but we will torch piles of fire and execute our traditions to defeat them and once more we will show that there in no room for lowliness, darkness and captivity in the land of Iran.
For Iranians fire is the symbol of pureness, vividness, health, life and constructiveness.
Diseases, ugliness, mischief and all that’s bad are embedded in the darkness and thus devil is the symbol of darkness and darkness is where it belongs to. To light fire symbolically means the light of knowledge in the heart and soul will eradicate evil and things of evil omen.
Some relate this feast to the uprising of Mokhtar Saghafi who rose to avenge Imam Hossein and his children: “when Mokhtar was freed from prison and rose to avenge those fallen in Karbala, in order to discern friends from foe he ordered that all the Shiites of Imam Hossein light fire on their roofs and this night was the night of the last Wednesday of the year and this turned to a custom”.
Meaning of ‘sori’:
Sori is a Persian word meaning ‘red’ and as it is obvious it points to fire. Of course ‘sor’ also is used as the word feast in Farsi. To light fire on this day is also warming the world and eradicating cold, evil and sorrow from people.
Now a day the day is celebrated at the last Tuesday night in Iran which would be March 16.
The main ceremony of Charsahnbesori: Lighting bunch of bushes
The tradition is as such: right before the sunset each family forms three or five or seven bunches of bushes on their roof or yard or in the alley. As the sunset comes and the weather is semi-dark all the family gathers together, light the bushes and jump over it to make all the disease and sorrow go away and be replaced with health and happiness. While jumping over the bushes people say “all my yellowish if yours and all your redness is mine/ sorrow leave and happiness come”.
But this year the people and youths of Iran have said that they want to use each bike of Bassij forces and each SSF station in their region and everything that is a sign of the darkness of this regime instead of the bunches of bushes.
This is a symbol for eradicating oppression and suppression in Iran so that Khamenei would hear the message: there is not much time left for your rule of oppression and this uprising will last until the spring of Iran’s freedom for peace and democracy prevails.