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Saturday, 14 December 2013 13:41

Yalda Festival underway

Yalda Festival is being held in Tehran’s Mosalla (Grand Prayerground) during Dec. 11-20, said the secretary of the festival.

Reza Rafiei added that food products, including nuts, sweets, orange and watermelon, are among items sold to visitors during the festival, Mehr News Agency reported.
He noted that a number of provinces, including Khorasan Razavi, Kermanshah, Kerman, Markazi, Tehran and Isfahan, are participating in the festival.
Rafiei also said the festival is being held in cooperation with Tehran Municipality to display the capabilities of Iranian women.
“Iranians have many traditional celebrations originating from the rich culture of the country,” he said.
Rafiei noted that various companies are participating in the festival to help Tehrani citizens celebrate Yalda in the best possible manner.
Iranians around the world celebrate Yalda, which is one of the most ancient Persian festivals. The festival dates back to the time when a majority of Iranians were followers of Zoroastrianism before the advent of Islam.
Yalda, which means birth, is a Syriac word imported into the Persian language.
It is also referred to as Shab-e Chelleh, a celebration of winter solstice on December 21—the last night of fall and the longest night of the year.
On the night of Yalda, Iranians celebrate the arrival of winter, the renewal of the sun and the victory of light over darkness.
In addition to Iran, Central Asian countries such as Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, as well as some Caucasian states such as Azerbaijan and Armenia share the same tradition and celebrate Yalda Night at this time of the year.

Source: Iran Daily

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