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While Persians across the world are gearing up to celebrate Norouz in a few days—Heart4Iran would like to wish you a Happy Red Wednesday!

What is Red Wednesday?
And what makes it happy?

It has to do with the Norouz tradition of fire jumping. It is an ancient Zoroastrian tradition that is a purification ritual. According to Farsinet.com,

The tradition includes people going into the streets and alleys to make fires, and jump over them while singing the traditional song Sorkhi-ye to az man; Zardi-ye man az to. The literal translation is, Your fiery red color is mine, and my sickly yellow paleness is yours. Loosely translated, this means you want the fire to take your paleness, sickness, and problems and in turn give you redness, warmth,and energy. *

Jumping over the fire symbolizes the burning away the of the yellow, sickly weakness of the previous year, while taking on the red, warm energy of the new.

It’s interesting to note that this Zoroastrian tradition doesn’t mention anything about getting burned. Although it does mention that Red Wednesday is the last unlucky Wednesday of their calendar year, we as believers know there is a much deeper significance to draw from this tradition.

The first mention of fire in the Bible had to do with Abraham making a sacrifice to God with his only son, Isaac (Genesis 22:6). Fire in the Bible represents God’s all consuming presence. He went ahead of the Israelites as a pillar of fire (Exodus 13:21). God also appeared to Moses in the burning bush (Exodus 3:2).

The prophet Isaiah said,

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze (Isaiah 43:2, NIV).

As a Christian, fire symbolizes life while Christ captures our attention, receives the sacrifice for our sin, and protects us by night. 

Today, let’s light the bonfire of our prayers for our Persian brothers and sisters to come to know the one true God. The All Consuming One. The Jealous God. The God who lights their path by night.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here (2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV)!

* http://www.farsinet.com/noruz/charshambeh2.html

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