Yalda Night in Iran

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at oldest person of family's home
at oldest person of family's home

The story behind Yalda Night
Shab-e-Yalda (Yalda Night), also known as Shab-e Chelleh, is one of the most ancient persian  festivals annually celebrated on December 21 by Iranians all around the world. Yalda is a winter solstice celebration; it festivals marks the end of autumn and the lengthiest night of the year. Since days get longer and nights shorter in winter, Iranians celebrate the last night of autumn as the renewal of the sun and the victory of light over darkness. On Shab-e-Yalda, people gather in groups of friends or families, usually at the home of grandparents or the elderly, to pass the longest night of the year happily by eating nuts and fruits, reading Hafiz poems, making good wishes, talking and laughing all together to give a warm welcome to winter, and a felicitous farewell to autumn.
What is the meaning of Yalda?Yalda means “birth”, and Yalda night refers to the longest night of the year or winter solstice. Ancient Iranians believed that this night coincides with the birth of Mitra or Mehr, the mythological goddess of light in ancient Persia


Place(s): IRAN
Year: 2020

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