Baku celebrates Fire Tuesday of Novruz Holiday-PHOTO

Baku celebrates Fire Tuesday of Novruz Holiday-PHOTO
# 28 February 2023 22:05 (UTC +04:00)

Today, Azerbaijan celebrates Fire Tuesday, one of the four festive Tuesdays before the Novruz Holiday, APA reports.

People lit bonfires in various Baku districts and expressed their good wishes and intentions to each other.

Traditionally, children jump over the bonfires and competed in an egg fight.

Fire Tuesday honors fire. Fire means warmth and comfort. Ancient legends associate fire with the Sun and light.

Fire is the symbol of purification and clarification. The fire is never put out by water; it burns down by itself.

Fire is somewhat sacred in Azerbaijan, the Land of Fire. There is a Zoroastrian pilgrimage in suburbs of Baku. Azerbaijan historically had reserves of oil and gas that caused flames of fire on the ground and this was interpreted as blessing.

On all four Tuesdays and on the eve of Novruz, and especially on Fire Tuesday, it's traditional to light bonfires, dance around them, and jump over them to cleanse their souls and ward off evil spirits.

Novruz holiday is one of the most important and favorite holidays of the Azerbaijani people. It marks the arrival of spring, renewal of nature, and is celebrated on the vernal equinox, March 20-21 – the beginning of the astronomical New Year.