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The old "Haji",named "Firuz" or "Firooz",is the troubadour who ushers in the new year with his song,dance and merriment.
"Haji Firooz" symbolizes the rebirth of the Sumerian god of sacrifice,Domuzi,who was killed at the end of each year and reborn at the beginning of the New Year.
Wearing an elaborate red costume which is a cross between a court jester,santa claus and perhaps a venician at carnival,the herald uses his tambourine and enlists a few fellow comedians to make the world laugh.
Traditionally,Haji Firooz wears black make up and this is thought to have come from ancient times when the entertainment was provided by black slaves who,with their rather 'strange accents' for the Persians brought laughter to the people.

Today’s modern Haji Firooz sings and dances through the streets with tambourines and trumpets spreading joy for Norooz.
He often appears at gatherings and entertains by singing,dancing,telling stories and also a few good jokes.
Children and adults all love Haji Firooz who,if you are lucky,will tell a few good tales like that of "Amoo Norooz" (Amoo Norouz) and other old Persian tales.
"Amoo Norooz",a distant relative of Haji Firooz is responsible for giving gifts to the children much like Santa Claus.
He makes their wishes come true and ensures that they are happy and healthy for many years to come.

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The shot has taken EXACTLY @ 17:02 UTC on 19 Mar (Iran-Tehran-20:32 pm ).
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