Saturday, December 21, 2019

Happy Yalda Night

Iran has hundreds of traditional and unique festivals with many having a long history of over 1000 years. Iranian festivals are exciting and full of local traditions and customs making them one of the best ways to experience Persian culture first-hand. 
Yalda, which literally translates to ‘birth’, is a Persian tradition of celebrating the longest and darkest night of the year. Shabe Yalda, 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. Every year, family members gather together, most often in the house of the eldest member, and stay awake all night long in Yalda night. Fruits and nuts are eaten and pomegranates and watermelons are particularly significant. One of the other traditions of Yalda night is getting Faal-e Hafez or Hafez Omen from the book of great Persian poet, Hafez-e Shirazi . Each member of the family makes a wish and randomly opens Divane-Hafez. What is expressed in that poem is believed to be the interpretation of the wish. 
The festivals and celebrations in Iran are some of the most magnificent in the world and offer an experience of culture and history that is not to be missed.


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