Celebration of Iran's ancient holiday results in deaths, injuries of people
Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 18
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
The celebration of Iran's ancient holiday dubbed Chaharshanbe Suri resulted in three people being dead, and 421 injured.
Chaharshanbe Suri is one of the annual Iranian traditions held on the last Wednesday of every year. The eve of Chaharshanbe Suri is marked by special customs and rituals and this year it fell on March 17. Persian New Year starts on March 21.
Over the years the custom has changed from celebrating a family reunion and notably jumping over a fire to outrageously flinging firecrackers, sparklers, bottle rockets and other inflammable and explosive materials in the streets.
Mojtaba Khaledi, the spokesman for the medical emergency response team, said 45 of the injured were women, Iran's Fars news agency reported on March 18.
The three deaths were reported from the cities of Tehran, Karaj, and Varamin, he said, adding that the victims were 14, 17, and 18 years old.
Reports indicate those who got injured on Chaharshanbe Suri were dominantly young males, aged 13 to 18.