Monday, 15 March 2010

Islamism vs Iranian Culture

Chaharshanbe Souri is celebrated on the eve of the last Wednesday of the year (Iranian calendar that is). It is an ancient Iranian festival, and has been celebrated for thousands of years, and is rooted in Iran's true religion: Zoroastrianism. The ancient tradition involves jumping over a small bonfire whilst shouting "sorkhi-ye to az man, zardi-ye man az to", loosely translated to "grant me your reds, capture my yellows". For Zoroastrians fire is a purifying element, so when Iranians jump over the fire and say that, they are wanting the fire to rid them of their weak, sickly yellows and grant them the fiery, warm energy of red for the coming year. The Iranian New Year falls on the Spring Equinox, so the colour green is also of great significance as it is the colour of Spring and life.

When Khomeini took over Iran in 1979, one of the first acts of the new regime was to immediately attempt to stamp on every pre-Islamic tradition in Iran. The likes of Khalkhali even went was far as to advocate the destruction of such cultural treasures as Persepolis and Pasargad. The new regime also attempted to crush the celebration of Iranian New Year and Chaharshanbe Souri and so on, preferring Iran to only stick to Arab-Islamic celebrations. Only by pure bravery did the people resist and cling onto their traditions.

Every year the Islamofascists in Iran urge the population to reject the ancient Iranian New Year and Chaharshanbe Souri celebrations. This year is no different, here's what Khamenei had to say:

"[Charshanbe Soori] "has no basis in sharia and creates a lot of harm and corruption, (which is why) it is appropriate to avoid it."

How on earth does Chaharshanbe Souri and the Iranian New Year, which celebrate the coming of Spring, the rebirth of life and so on "spread harm and corruption"? This coming from a man who ardently follows Islam, an imposed religion which has been violent towards Iranians since day 1 and has caused far more corruption than a New Year's celebration ever did. Does Khamenei really expect anyone in Iran to listen to him? Does he expect the Iranian people to abandon their traditions which they have celebrated for thousands of years (before Mohammad was even thought of), to listen to his backward and racist opinions?

I note that the "reformist" Mir Hossein Mousavi has meekly fallen behind his master Khamenei and is closely toeing the line by "urg[ing] his supporters not to use the event for anti-government rallies and not to provoke hardliners during Charshanbe Soori". However, just three days ago, Mousavi's wife the "Islamic feminist"(?) Zahra Rahnavard called on the population to use Chaharshanbe Souri to remember the victims of the repression of the last few months. So which will it be? The "reform" movement would be far less useless if it didn't contradict itself at every turn by attempting to appease both the Mullahs and the Iranian people. Make your minds up!

Is there anyone more anti-Iranian and racist towards Iranian culture than this scourge of clerics? For 31 years they have attempted to Arabise the Iranian nation. However, like I said above, this is nothing new, they have time and time again attempted to stamp out Iranian nationhood and time and time again the Iranian people have fought back in defence of their culture. I guess we will have to wait and see what happens tomorrow night.

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