Fire Festival and Iranian Regime in Fear of People

Iranians hold and celebrate events and festivals all year round

“Charshanbe Soori” is an ancient Persian Festival Of Fire and one of the most favorite celebrations among Iranian people. This festival has historic and ceremonial backgrounds. This year Iranians will hold this fire festival on March 13, 2018 at sunset of the last Wednesday of the Persian year.

In this fire festival, Bushes and wood are piled in public places like streets, alleys and squares and set alight. Then People gather around it and jump over the fire while shouting. They do this hoping for enlightenment and happiness throughout the coming year. With the help of fire, the people are reminded of the long battle against the dictatorship and ignorance of the reactionary forces throughout their history and especially the 39 years of dark era of the ruling mullahs in Iran from 1979 up until now.

With this light they explain true facts about their situation and understanding of people’s need to end this regime. By this fire festival, Iranians wish to see their way through this last Wednesday of the past dark year. There has been repression, torture, executions and human rights abuses and they wish to arrive in spring of the New Year (on 20th of march 2018) with the hope of ending this regime forever.

Spring housecleaning is carried out to welcome the New Year, but this year, people hope that the whole country will wipeout the regime for complete cleaning.

During the past decades The Fire Festival (Charshanbeh Soori) in cities across Iran became the scene of protest and expressing outrage against the regime. Last year the sound of exploding grenades and firecrackers was heard constantly in many cities, following the explosion of firecrackers by the youth.

persian festival of fire.
Persian Festival of Fire.

Regime agents blacked out the whole town and the security forces attacked people. This turned into a confrontation and clashes broke out between the youth and mercenaries who tried to disperse them.

But this year, the fire festival will be much different from last year especially after the two week uprising that rocked Iran. The regime is fearful of fire festival and issued harassing directives in public media to deter the people from holding the fire festival.

In addition to the ongoing protest by Iranians throughout the country, there was a call for a nationwide uprising to mark this celebration by the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK ). Senior Iranian officials have acknowledged PMOI/MEK as the organizer of the recent flareup of protests across the country. This will make the situation more crucial for the regime suppression forces.

According to the NCRI report, the first vice-president of the Iranian regime noting recent protests in early January in Iran said: “It is the people’s hatred, anger, and grudge toward the officials and the system that should worry us.”

Ishaq Jahangiri also warned against the danger of the people’s “protest” turning into “hatred and anger.”

In a speech on Tuesday, March 6, he spoke on the subject of the general demonstrations in Iran last January, saying “Of course, some irrelevant words were spoken in some protests that were not acceptable to us …”

“Death to Khamenei” and “Death to dictator” were among the main slogans chanted by people during those protests. It showed the people’s hatred and anger towards the regime.

The street protests in Iran began on 29 December 2017, beginning in Mashhad, with slogans against poor livelihoods, but quickly swept across the country and targeted the entire regime. Demonstrators in more than 200 small and large cities in Iran chanted slogans against Khamenei and the regime’s top officials, as well as their interference in the region, and showed their desire to overthrow the regime.

To end this, with the coming heated fire festival the people in Iran have this message to the regime “fire is the symbol of our long battle against dictatorship. We are all together, and repression will not affect us.”

Hassan Mahmoudi is a human rights advocate and Social Media journalist seeking democracy for Iran and peace for the region.