Chaharshanbe Suri (Wednesday Feast) or Festival of Fire is an ancient Iranian festival and is the prelude to Nowruz (Persian New Year), which marks the arrival of spring. The celebration usually starts in the evening, with people making bonfires in the streets and jumping over them in a purification rite, singing my sickly yellow paleness is yours, your fiery red color is mine. Loosely translated, this means you want the fire to take your paleness, sickness, and problems and in turn give you redness, warmth, and energy. The festival dates back to at least 1700 BCE of the early Zoroastrian era. Nowruz is also originally a Zoroastrian celebration, and it is thus believed that it was created by Zoroaster himself; however, there is no specific date of origin.