2015年12月22日

Yalda night

The longest and darkest night of the year

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Yalda night is also called “shab chla”, as it marks the night opening and the initial forty-day period of the three months of winter. It is a night between the last day of autumn and the first day of winter on December 20 or 21, which is mostly celebrated in Iran and Central Asian countries such as Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Caucasian states such as Azerbaijan and Armenia.
Foods play a central role in this celebration. Watermelon, pomegranate, nuts and dried fruits are served as a tradition, because red color in these fruits symbolize the crimson hues of dawn.

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Mostly families gather in the house of the eldest member and stay awake till midnight to eat, drink, read poetry, and tell stories or anecdotes.
Another custom among some young engaged couples the men send edible arrangements of fruits and gifts to their fiancées’ and some girls return the favor by sending return gifts back to the man.
Last night was my first Yalda night celebrating with my husband and we had decorated our room with candle and lightnings and had a romantic candle light dinner. Through these small celebrations, we create best memories together.
(our room)
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By: Ateffa Jalali


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