This is an ancient ritual that has its roots in Zoroastrian tradition. A mid-winter get together and banquet is arranged in homes as well as official guesthouses to cherish the gift of Fire. Great bonfires are lit up at open grounds or public squares, and a large number of Zoroastrians as well as people from other religions gather around to witness the roaring and leaping flames.
Sade is seen as a festival to overpower the forces of cold, decay, and darkness, by celebrating the lighting, healing and protecting attributes of Fire. The Sade is held around 50 days before Nowruz.