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Friday, March 21, 2008

Purim in Shushan?

Tonight is Purim, and because of the way the calendar falls out this year, in Jerusalem, in several other cities in Israel, and in Shushan - the city in Persia where the original Purim story took place - tonight is the first of three days of Purim, which will stretch through Sunday. But there are some strange goings on in Shushan. Or did someone put one over on Fox? (Hat Tip: Arye Z. in Beitar)
Iranian youths staged a massive protest Wednesday, calling for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s demise during the Persian celebration of Lag Ba'omer [link added by CiJ], United Press International reported.

Angry mobs shouted “Death to Ahmadinejad” while lighting bonfires in the city of Sanandaj, UPI reported. Bonfires and firecrackers are traditional in marking the occasion.

Police officers attempting to arrest the revelers were greeted with a barrage of firecrackers, but the situation never escalated beyond the typical celebration.

A Freilichen Purim (Happy Purim) to all.


At 6:04 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

More pics of Iranian goings-on "that can't be pleasing to the mullahs".

At 6:11 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

The Persian New Year is based on the older pre-Islamic calendar formerly in use in Iran. There's a flash point between the population and the Muslim clerics. The former take great pride in Iran's history before the Arab conquest and for the latter, Iran's history begins only with Islam. Not all Iranians subscribe to the Islamic school of history in vogue in the country these days.


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