The name of the festival consists of the words Chaharshanbe, the Persian for Wednesday, and sur, sorkh (red)- referring either to the fire itself or to the ruddiness. It is commonly translated as Wednesday Light or the Red Wednesday. The color red symbolizes good health and ripeness in Persian tradition. Chaharshanbe Suri is a prelude to Nowruz (the Iranian New Year), and is celebrated with firework displays and the jumping over of fires. The celebration usually starts in the evening, with people making bonfires and jumping over them.