Yalda is the victory of light over darkness

Yalda Night (Shabe Yalda in Persian), also known as Shab-e Chelle, is an ancient festival celebrated on the longest and darkest night of the year, usually falling on December 20, 21, or 22.

During Yalda Night, Iranian families gather to share meals of fruits such as pomegranates, recite Hafez’s poetry, and stay up late, often lighting candles to mark the occasion.

This festive occasion is observed by Iranians and has spread to various other regions influenced by Persian culture, including Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, the Kurdistan Region, Tajikistan, and among diaspora communities in countries like Canada and the United States.

Yalda’s significance lies in its embodiment of light’s victory over darkness, with the subsequent lengthening of days heralding hope and renewal.

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