Tag: zoroastrianism

During the spring celebration of Novruz in Baku, Azerbaijan, Azeri men, women, and children sing and dance around a bonfire, as well as jump over the fire itself.

The Novruz holiday has its roots in Persian Zoroastrianism, in which fire is symbolic. Azeris believe that jumping over the fire burns away the previous year’s sins and gives them a clean slate for the coming year.

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