The present collection entitled “Haji Firuz" is an observation of a symbolic character in the Iranian culture.
Haji Firuz’s personality is inspired by the role of a Persian Empire temple guardian in charge of the maintenance and protection of the temple's sacred fire as one of the main elements of nature. Haji Firuz’s blackface is a result of the smoke generated by this fire. The colour of Haji Firuz’s outfit is traced to a Mithraism tradition where the colour red evoked the brightness of fire.
Upon the arrival of spring and the Iranian New Year, the black-faced Haji Firuz appears cheerfully on the streets, dancing and singing happy songs, bringing joy to the people for the upcoming rebirth of nature and the end of winter’s darkness.
In this day and age, the question is whether Haji Firuz’s message remains as appealing as it used to be or is it slowly fading away in the complexity of the modern life?