The Customs of Wednesday feast

Fire has always been respected in our traditions and history. Siavash emerged unharmed from the heart of the fire because he was pure and innocent. The beautiful custom of leaping over the fire is derived from this story. In alleys or open spaces, we light a fire, and with family and friends, we take turns leaping over the fire while singing: “My yellowness is from you, Your redness is from me, So that illness and sorrow may go away, and in their place, joy and laughter bloom like flower buds!”
Our ancestors believed that during the last five days of the year, the deceased and good spirits return among the living and visit their loved ones. Based on this belief, young boys and girls on Wednesday night wear a veil over their faces to remain unrecognized. Then, they knock on doors and, with a spoon in hand, ask for sweets and nuts from the homeowners.
Homeowners offer whatever they can, from sweets and chocolates to nuts and sometimes even cash, in a bowl and send the visitors on their way.
In every corner of the city, neighbors gather around the fire. The young ones spoon sweets, while the elders prepare traditional Wednesday feast foods. They cook Reshteh Polo (a traditional rice dish), Asheh (a type of Persian soup), and enjoy the Wednesday Feast nuts and dried fruits. Together, they celebrate the beauty of Wednesday night until late.
It is said that in the past, it was customary not to extinguish the Wednesday Fire. Instead, it was left to burn out on its own. We also wish for you that the Wednesday Fire remains lit until the last moment, bringing warmth and liveliness to your gatherings!

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