Persian Culture & History

Sadeh Festival

Sádeh (Midwinter Festival)

by Mason Balouchian

Sadeh1Sádeh, an ancient Persian festival is celebrated in mid winter about Jan. 29th by lighting fire near water in the evening. It symbolizes defeating the forces of darkness. Sád means one hundred and refers to number of the days past summer. The fire is kept alive all night. According to Zoroastrian tradition the fire is blessed and the following day, people carry a portion of that to their homes. Then they would transfer the remaining fire to the temple to join with the eternal fire. This festival lasts three days. The people prepare food which is distributed among the poor. They also sing and play different games.

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