The Nowruz Diaries; Chahaarshanbeh Soori

Iran being a vast country, has different climates. I usually find myself explaining how we do have winters, we do have snow and temperatures do drop below zero. We are, however, fortunate to experience four seasons each year. Having a mere three month of each season, we find ourselves appreciating each quarter. Just as we welcome the winter on the last night of autumn- the eve of the Winter Solstice- with pomegranates, nuts and poetry, we also bid farewell to the cold season by lighting bonfires, making wishes and jumping over the flames. Food is present and so is music. The best elements for an outside dance party, which this ritual usually turns into.