Iranian Zoroastrians, and even some non-Zoroastrian Iranians, annually celebrate Sadeh, an ancient Iranian festival that takes place 50 days before Nowruz, the Persian New Year.

In the evening of Sunday, January 29, Iranian Zoroastrians celebrated the ancient festival of Sadeh in Bodaq Abad garden, Kerman, southern Iran.

Sadeh is one of the most ancient Iranian celebrations known in the country which dates back to the first Iranian Empire about 500 BC. The Zoroastrians, followers of the ancient Iranian religion, celebrate Sadeh 50 days before Nowruz (March 20-21) in late January.

In this year’s festival, in which the sacred fire is honoured, participants also commemorated Iranian firefighters who lost their lives in the Plasco building fire and collapse several days earlier.

Here you can see IRNA’s photos of this celebration:

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