why we celebrate Sadeh festival ? Long Time ago, when the last days of summer was passing , people fill their warehouses for the hard, dark and cold winter. Winter was coming to give them frustration, illness and starvation. Therefor darkness was sign of evil and then light , sun and fire was sign of God’s mercy on people.
In Zoroastrian religion Fire has a significant role. As they protect fires to burn for hundreds of years and different generation take care of an Eternal Fire inside Temples. Fire temple or Atashkadeh is a place of worship . You can visit the fire temples in Iran that there is an ever burning fire in them.
Since fire is a symbol of truth and light for Zoroastrians , after passing one hundred days and nights from summer , they celebrate Sadeh festival. So It is a celebration to remember the importance of light, fire and energy . light which comes from God in our heart.
So for this ceremony young teenage boys gather woods a day before festival. in other words it is kind of entering adulthood for them. such a notable ritual step toward manhood we see in all other cultures.
Sade Ceremony is the hope for near spring . still 50 days remains for spring to come and bring joy and prosperity to land.
So people wear all white clothes take their hands around the big fire . then a Zoroastrian priest fires the bushes and together read some prayer.
After the ceremony has ended the priest takes some remained fire from this big fire and take it to the fire temple and take cares of it until next year Sadeh celebration. they will use the exact fire to fire up the Next year firing. so this fire was lightening up for thousand of years. The Eternal Fire!