Sweden: Thousands celebrate ancient Festival of Fire in Stockholm

Thousands of people including Iranians, Kurds and Afghans gathered in Stockholm on Wednesday celebrating the Festival of Fire, an ancient tradition held on the eve of the Persian New Year — Nowruz. Footage shows festivalgoers jumping over small bonfires on a path at the festival. «It's a very symbolic thing where you leave the bad from the past year that has gone and you enter the New Year... Еще,» explains Nariman, a festivalgoer. The Festival of Fire or Chaharshanbe Suri, which dates back 4,000 years, takes place each year on the eve of the last Wednesday before Nowruz. The tradition originated in pre-Islamic religion Zoroastrianism.

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