Persian New Year Celebrated at Big Corona Beach

posted: March 13th, 2012 08:50 pm | 9Comments

Persian New Year celebrations are underway at Big Corona State Beach, with fires blazing in all 27 fire rings and thousands of visitors expected.

“It’s joyful for the Iranian community,” said Behrad Techranchi, 35, of Lake Forest. “It’s a happy time for family, friends, kids.”

Persian New Year celebrations include jumping over bonfires while saying Farsi words that translate to, “My yellowness is yours, your redness is mine.”

“You get rid of all the bitterness and sadness and give it to the flames,” said Parvaneh Smith of Anaheim Hills.

Her son, Pierre Smith, 14, said, “I’m a sissy, but I need to do it this year…It’s a cultural event. It’s not like you can pass it up.”

Pierre and his family and friends brought homemade ash, a traditional New Year’s soup made with legumes, noodles and vegetables that they were keeping warm on an overturned metal pan that had been heated on a fire. Nearby, other visitors were roasting marshmallows and eating popcorn and pumpkin seeds.

In Iran, Smith said, children would go door to door, banging spoons on plates and asking for candy on New Years.

“It’s like Halloween,” she said. “They say, ‘We want candy, we want candy,’ and some people give candy or nuts, and others dump cold water on them.”

The Persian New Year holiday dates back thousands of year, and its traditional celebrations are tied to the prophet Zoroaster.

“It’s part of history that we have to keep alive,” said Masoud Modares of Dallas, who was visiting his son and spending his first holiday in Corona del Mar.

Farsi-speaking Newport Beach police officers patrolled the beach, along with park patrol officers. Visitors posed for photos, lugged firewood to the pits and called “Salam” to one another.

“Every year, I’m here,” said Soodabeh Ehtesham of Irvine after she jumped over a bonfire.

“It’s a thrill,” said Melissa Esla of Irvine. “You get nervous at first, but it’s a tradition.”

Several visitors said they were concerned about the City Council’s vote tonight about whether to pursue removal all the fire rings in the city.

“If they don’t like the fire rings, they should take a hike,” Techranchi said. “They don’t need to live by the beach. If they don’t like the smoke, leave. Don’t live by the beach.”

9 Responses to “Persian New Year Celebrated at Big Corona Beach”



March 13th, 2012

Was the final quote from Techranchi taken BEFORE or AFTER he had rid himself of all bitterness by jumping over the fire rings? Just curious,


March 14th, 2012

I walked down to the bluff about 9:00 and noticed the crowd seemed better behaved and quieter than last year. I also noticed less cars, we actually had parking on our street - which was why I didn't go to the fire ring meeting, I figured I'd have to walk a mile home if I did. Maybe gas prices or the cold kept people away. Something else I noticed, everyone appeared well dressed. Not the usual scruffy "909'er" crowd. And we had dinner at Paninis about 9:30 and it was filled with Iranian folks having family dinners. A BIG difference from the usual beach users. BUT - all it's going to take is one person jumping over a fire to catch their toe on the edge of a fire ring and do a "face plant" into a bonfire and it's going to be a catastrophe.


March 14th, 2012

Oh, and I missed the knee jerk comment at the end of the article - an apparent immigrant taking part in a non-American tradition that never occurred until thousands of Iranians moved to the USA a few years ago - telling us if we don't like it to LEAVE. I don't want to sound like too much of a bigot - but dude - my family FOUNDED this country and my grandfather, and my father, and I, and my partner, and every single member of my partners family both male and female, have served or are currently actively serving in the armed forces of this country so that people like you who RAN AWAY from their despotic backward countries, instead of staying and fighting for your homeland can come here and tell me to leave if I don't like what you do in MY country. Well - YOU take a hike - go back to Iran and take back your homophobic, jew hating socially and economically backward country and it's despotic insane leader before he starts WWIII. Tell me to leave will you. Up yours!


March 14th, 2012

persian custom is very unsafe & unhealthy custom. i was there years ago . there was no security , no doctor , no ambulance ! there were too many old people & small ( some infant) kids . !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mark Sinclair

March 14th, 2012

Jamie, I completely agree. Telling people to leave our homes. I have lived in Newpoert Beach all of my life. My family has been here for hundreds of years. I am related to a former President. I have served in the military and so has every male in my family and some women too. We served because we love our country. You don't like the rules then you leave - go back to Iran, go back to Irvine or wherever else you came from. Have fun in your nutty country and your terrorist roots. Why don't you leave you human piece of garbage. Thankfully I won't see you and your foreign freak crowd jumping over fire again next year on my beach.


March 14th, 2012

Noticed three highly intoxicated iranians get out of a car this morning around 10:30 am. on third street. Obvious by their dress they had been up all night drinking. Maybe next year without the fire rings they will bring thier party somewhere else. Why here??

Chief Corona

March 14th, 2012

Every male in my family also served in the "army" ... well until the Europeans showed-up, disbanded our armies and forced us onto reservations. Indeed, all should move back to their NATIVE lands. I have grown tired of the despotic ways of racists like Jamie and Mark Sinclair. They should get to work on new versions of the Nina, Pinta and the Santa Maria. Your NATIVE lands await your return!!!


March 14th, 2012

Well editor, is this another Jamie comment of the week?


March 18th, 2012

Iranin new year fun for everyone my beach we need do at next year not without fire ring Newport beach all are family. Come have jumping on fire fun fo

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