Yalda Night, Celebrations of year’s longest night
Yalda Night which is called Shab-e Yalda or Shab-e Chelleh in Persian is an Iranian traditional and ancient event to be held on December -21 every year. It is a concept to pass autumn and go through the winter, in reality; this is why Iranians gather together in this night to celebrate this ancient belief. Yalda Means Birth while referring to the birth of Mitra, the mythological goddess of light. In Iranian tradition, family and gathering together are highly respected, this is Why Iranian people all over the world celebrate Yalda Night by gathering together by eating mostly dinner in addition to nuts, Pomegranate and reading Hafez poems as well.
As eating and foods are a delicious part of this specific night, it’s so highlighted to Iranians during this night, this is why they will prepare an awesome dinner table which has been decorated with different types of flowers, nuts, different Iranian foods and beverages and different types of sweets. Meanwhile, Iranians do really try to find the last remaining fruit of summer which is watermelon; this is why they do believe that it keeps the body safe from being hurt by diseases of winter. The other famous suit of Yalda night is pomegranate, which is a symbol for birth and file’s glow.