One of the most ancient Persian festivals is ‘Shab-e Yalda’ or ‘Yalda Night’. All Iranian around the world are going to celebrate this night with their families and friends on the 2oth of December. Yalda remains as one of the most ancient festive ceremonies that has been celebrated in Iran for centuries since the time of the Persian Empire. Besides Iran, Yalda is celebrated in Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Armenia and some ceremonies similar to Yalda are also celebrated in Pakistan and Northern India at about the same time of the year. During this night, Iranians enjoy delicious food, sweet and juicy fruits, and delectable sweets paired with hot tea. Reading the enchanting poems by Hafez makes this otherwise cold winter night a delightful gathering with family and friends. Yalda is a night full of hope for the future and happiness for the young and old. Falling on December 20 this year, ‘Yalda Night’ needs the empathy of the Iranian nation in the fight against the coronavirus, as people should stay home, despite their important tradition.
HAPPY YALDA NIGHT! Stay safe & healthy!