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Light It Up! Iranians Celebrate Festival of Fire

Iranians celebrate Chaharshanbe Souri, or "Red Wednesday," on Tuesday by lighting fireworks and jumping through fire.
An Iranian man lights fireworks during a celebration known as “Chaharshanbe Suri,” or Red Wednesday, marking the eve of the last Wednesday of the solar Persian year, in Pardisan Park, Tehran on Tuesday.
An Iranian man lights fireworks during a celebration known as “Chaharshanbe Suri,” or Red Wednesday, marking the eve of the last Wednesday of the solar Persian year, in Pardisan Park, Tehran on Tuesday.Vahid Salemi / AP

An Iranian man lights fireworks during a celebration known as “Chaharshanbe Suri,” or "Red Wednesday," marking the eve of the last Wednesday of the solar Persian year, in Pardisan Park, Tehran on Tuesday. Participants jump over bonfires for the promise of enlightenment and happiness throughout the coming year.

Iranians jump over bonfires to celebrate Chaharshanbe Souri in Tehran on Tuesday.Ebrahim Noroozi / AP