What is Yalda or Shab-e Yalda ?
YALDA NIGHT or Shab-e Yalda, "Night of Birth", or "Birth of Mithra", is the Iranian winter solstice celebration which has been popular since ancient times.
When is Yalda 2018 ?
Yalda takes place on December 21, 2018. Yalda is celebrated on the longest night of the year or Winter Solstice. Depending on the shift of the calendar, Yalda is celebrated on or around December 20 or 21 each year.
What is the origin of Yalda ?
In Zoroastrian and ancient Iranian traditions, the winter solstice with the longest night of the year was an auspicious day, and included customs intended to protect people from misfortune. On that day, people were advised to stay awake most of the night. To commemorate, people have small parties and gatherings and eat the last remaining fresh fruits from summer.
How do we celebrate Yalda ?
Foods common to Yalda celebration include watermelon, pomegranate, nuts, and dried fruit. Activities common to celebration of Yalda include staying up past midnight, conversation, eating, drinking, reading poems out loud, telling stories and jokes, smoking "Ghelyoon" (water pipe), and some dancing. See the pictures for Yalda
Wine for Yalda ?
Drinking wine has always been a part of the Yalda celebration. We are proud to be featured in so many households in California.
Let's celebrate Yalda with friends & family; and Persian Tradition wine.
The true morning will not come, until the Yalda Night is gone* Rumi