Chaharshabeh Souri ~ The Eve of The Last Wednesday of The Year

by My Persian Kitchen on March 16, 2010

Tonight is a big deal in the Persian community. It is a night that many look forward to with much anticipation because there is much celebration in every household.  As a kid I always looked forward to the festivities of Chaharshanbeh Souri.  Small bonfires are set up for people to jump over the flames while reciting zardi-ye man az to, sorkhi-ye to az man, which loosely translated means “take my yellow and sickly color in exchange for your red color.” This is an old ritual which always takes place on the eve of the last Wednesday of the year.

This ritual is centuries old and is associated with Zoroastrianism.  The purpose of the phrase that is recited is to draw from the brightness and energy of the fire and release everything that is negative and sickly into the fire.

For me Chaharshanbeh Souri has not been the same since I left Iran. With this said, I have very fond memories of spending Charshanbeh Souri at my mom’s friend’s house Khaleh Firouzeh.  Her daughter, and my childhood friend, Leyla whom I have mentioned around here before on this post, used to have a great time jumping over the fire together.  I can’t say I have done anything as fun since moving to LA.  But I have tried not to miss the fun and actually jump over a candle and recite zardi-ye man az to, sorkhi-ye to az man.


The food that is associated with this evening are Asheh Reshteh and Ajileh Chaharshanbeh Souri.


I wish you all a very happy Chaharshanbeh Souri!

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

La March 16, 2010 at 8:32 pm

I’ve really enjoyed reading about the Persian New Year! Happy Chaharshanbeh Souri!

Naheed Shahbakhti April 29, 2010 at 1:25 pm

I enjoyed this site. As an Iranian American I believe this ia the way we can introduce Iranian culture and tradition to the world.
PS: I believe Ajileh chahar called agjileh moshgelgosh.

mahvash February 7, 2011 at 1:55 pm

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mahvash babaki February 7, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Congratulation on such a marvelous fantastic work you have done on this site.Our youngIranian generation are enjoying this site, especially my daughter who lives in Boston/MA. she does not need to call me for any recepie now.Excellent work.

My Persian Kitchen February 8, 2011 at 9:47 am

Mahvash khanoomeh aziz, thank you so much for your kinds words. This blog has been a fun and educational journey for me too!

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