Eldfesten / Chaharshanbe Suri 2014
 

Eldfesten / Chaharshanbe Suri 2014

Just like last year, this year's Chaharshanbe Suri[a] ended up with lots of snow. It's as if the weather gods suddenly realized that spring is upon us and they have this big pile of unused snow that they have to get out the door.

Chaharshanbe Suri, or Eldfesten as it is called here in Stockholm, is the day before the Persian New Year. One celebrates the coming of the spring by jumping over fires and generally having a good time.

Last year was the first time I went, and this time I wanted something extra. So with my monopod for less I set out to film Parvaz Dance Ensemble[b] when they performed. I also did a Swedish article for Orientalista: Årets eldfest byter vinterbleka ansikten mot friskare färger[c]. Most of all, however, I did what the traditional chant to the fire describes - zardi-ye man az toh, sorkhi-ye toh az man, give me your red for my pale, and just enjoyed the party.

Here's Parvaz Dance Ensemble[d]:

Parvaz Dance Ensemble[e], again, this time with a ghasem abady, a folk dance from Iran:

The filming went well, and I got a chance to try out my Sigma 50-150/2.8 on stills as well.

The conferencieres: Mahan Moin and Farshid Manafi.

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Chaharshanbe Suri, Kungsträdgården

Mahan Moin getting a hug by the Hajji Firuz[f].

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Chaharshanbe Suri, Kungsträdgården

Maziar Ahmadi

2014-03-18 18:18

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Chaharshanbe Suri, Kungsträdgården

Moshtagh Feizyabi and Delnia Razzazi

2014-03-18 18:27

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Chaharshanbe Suri, Kungsträdgården

Delnia Razzazi with Moshtagh Feizyabi and Pedram Shahlai

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Chaharshanbe Suri, Kungsträdgården

Delnia Razzazi and Pedram Shahlai

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Chaharshanbe Suri, Kungsträdgården

Roshana Hoss

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Chaharshanbe Suri, Kungsträdgården

Natali Raad

2014-03-18 18:48

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Chaharshanbe Suri, Kungsträdgården

Mahan Moin

2014-03-18 19:00

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Chaharshanbe Suri, Kungsträdgården

Mahan Moin

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Chaharshanbe Suri, Kungsträdgården

Adam Tensta

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Chaharshanbe Suri, Kungsträdgården

Adam Tensta

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Chaharshanbe Suri, Kungsträdgården

Pedram Shahlai

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Chaharshanbe Suri, Kungsträdgården

Sidar Yigit

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Chaharshanbe Suri, Kungsträdgården

Pedram Shahlai and Moshtagh Feizyabi

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Chaharshanbe Suri, Kungsträdgården

Act of Emotion

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Chaharshanbe Suri, Kungsträdgården

Act of Emotion

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Chaharshanbe Suri, Kungsträdgården

Act of Emotion

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Chaharshanbe Suri, Kungsträdgården

Act of Emotion

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Chaharshanbe Suri, Kungsträdgården

Act of Emotion

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Chaharshanbe Suri, Kungsträdgården

Rana Mansour

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Chaharshanbe Suri, Kungsträdgården

Rana Mansour

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Chaharshanbe Suri, Kungsträdgården

Parisa Arsalani

2014-03-18 20:09

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Chaharshanbe Suri, Kungsträdgården

Shahram Shabpareh

2014-03-18 20:37

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Chaharshanbe Suri, Kungsträdgården

Mahan Moin

2014-03-18 20:55

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Chaharshanbe Suri, Kungsträdgården

Mahan Moin

2014-03-18 20:56

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Chaharshanbe Suri, Kungsträdgården

Saeid Shanbehzadeh

2014-03-18 21:23

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Chaharshanbe Suri, Kungsträdgården

Saeid Shanbehzadeh

2014-03-18 21:24

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Chaharshanbe Suri, Kungsträdgården

Saeid Shanbehzadeh

2014-03-18 21:27

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Chaharshanbe Suri, Kungsträdgården