AP PHOTOS: Iran fire festival marks end of winter
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iranians jumped over bonfires, threw firecrackers and floated wishing lanterns to celebrate an ancient festival marking the end of the Persian year, ignoring calls by many Islamic clerics to shun a ritual that has officially been denounced as pagan.
The celebration, known as "Chaharshanbe Souri," or Wednesday Feast, was celebrated late Tuesday and is a pre-Islamic tradition in Iran, marking the eve of the last Wednesday of the solar Persian year. March 21, the first day of spring, marks Nowruz, the beginning of the year 1393 on the Persian calendar.
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