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Iranians celebrate Chaharshanbe Suri festival of bonfires with fury of firecrackers and anti-government protests
Despite all the warnings by regime and security beefing up, on the occasion of Iran's famous Festival of Fire, Chaharshanbe Suri, on the evening of March 13, people got out to protest against the rulers, if one goes by the videos being put up on the social media.

Social activists and the youth in Iran urged people to take to the streets on the day of the festival with the slogan 'the dictator is in the fire' for anti-government protests. Activist had distributed leaflets and flyers in support of their call.

Slogans such as "Down with Khamenei" and "Long live Rajavi", were written on walls in public spaces in many places.

Chaharshanbe Suriis is an Iranian festival celebrated on the eve of the last Wednesday before Nowruz - the Iranian New Year's day. To celebrate the occasion, people gather brushwood in an open space and after lighting the bonfire, they jump over the flames while singing to purify themselves. During the daytime people wearing disguises go door-to-door hitting spoons against plates to receive packaged snacks.

However, over the years, the festival has become a day of protests and loud bangs of crackers as a part of firework displays. Some localities look as under siege with window shattering sounds all around.

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