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Iran's Woes Briefly Go Up In Smoke During Fire Festival

The celebration is held on the last Tuesday night before Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, which will be celebrated Thursday, 21st of March. The annual ritual dates back to at least 1700 B.C. and is linked to the Zoroastrian religion.

To celebrate, people light bonfires, set off fireworks and send wish lanterns floating off into the night sky. Others jump over and around fires, chanting "My yellow is yours, your red is mine," invoking the replacement of ills with warmth and energy.

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