Celebrating Yalda night
Yalda is the arrival of winter and the longest night of the year. Every year, on December 21st, Iranians all around the world celebrate this night. They get together in the house of the eldest member of family, most of the time grandfather and grandmother’s, and stay up late.
Family members enjoy eating Watermelon, beet, pomegranate and dried nuts and laugh and speak together.
Getting a “Hafez reading” from Hafiz’s book is a common tradition during this night.
Iranians want to show not only the coldest and darkest moments of life cannot separate them but also this harsh time is a celebration and festival when they are together, because family is very important for them.
Central Asian countries such as Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and some Caucasian states such as Azerbaijan and Armenia share the same tradition as well and celebrate Yalda Night annually at this time of the year.