Happy YALDA Night 2020
Yalda (20.12.2020 Night), which is the longest night in a year, marks the advent of winter and victory of light over darkness.
We wish that you are blessed with new lights in this new season which bring victory and happiness to you.
What is Yalda or Shab-e Yalda ?
YALDA NIGHT or Shab-e Yalda, “Night of Birth”, or “Birth of Mithra”, is the Iranian winter solstice celebration which has been popular since ancient times.
When is Yalda 2020 ?
Yalda takes place on December 21, 2020. Yalda is celebrated on the longest night of the year or Winter Solstice. Depending on the shift of the calendar, Yalda is celebrated on or around December 20 or 21 each year.
What is the origin of Yalda ?
In Zoroastrian and ancient Iranian traditions, the winter solstice with the longest night of the year was an auspicious day, and included customs intended to protect people from misfortune. On that day, people were advised to stay awake most of the night. To commemorate, people have small parties and gatherings and eat the last remaining fresh fruits from summer.
How do we celebrate Yalda ?
Foods common to Yalda celebration include watermelon, pomegranate, nuts, and dried fruit. Activities common to celebration of Yalda include staying up past midnight, conversation, eating, drinking, reading poems out loud, telling stories and jokes, smoking “Ghelyoon” (water pipe), and some dancing.
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