Yalda – The Persian Winter Solstice Celebration


Fatima wrote yesterday from Iran, "It’s Yalda night ceremony (the longest night of the year).  Iranian people eat nuts, walnuts, pomegranate, and watermelon for Yalda."

Yaldā is an ancient Persian Winter Solstice celebration. People used to stay up for most of the night to ward off misfortune.  Nowadays, families mainly gather together for a nice meal.  Fruits and nuts are usually part of the meal.

Thanks for sharing Fatima!

Mama Lisa

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One Response to “Yalda – The Persian Winter Solstice Celebration”

  1. Amy Says:

    My family used to celebrate that. Every hour of the night, we did a 20 min Muslim prayer. Then, we would read a story. Then, we would eat nuts and tell jokes until the next hour.

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