I Am an Iranian Daughter

Iran`s Historical Monuments,Iranian`s ceremonies,and some times my Thoughts, Diary...

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Yalda (the longest night)

Tonight is the longest night in the year.it is the last night of Autumn and tomorrow winter will com.Iranians called it Yalda and try to celebrate it by having meeting and family party,eating different fruits -specially water melon and pomegranate -and nuts,reading Hafez poems.

We enjoy to be together with whom we love and ask God to bless us during the cold days of winter.water melon and pomegranate are the two fruit wich is special for the night ,since they are red and reminds fire and heat at the longest night.
Happy Yalda.
p.s you can see "Korsi" in the picture.A table with a tick cloth on it and a nice table cloth on.In the past Iranian put some semi burned wood-now heater-under the table and they sat around it and laid their feet under the cloth .it made them feel hot,as they can talked and enjoy being together.we can see it at some traditional house specially grand parents` house.


At 7:01 PM , Blogger lotf ali said...


I would like to know more about your teaching Farsi to foreigners in Isfahan.

At 5:01 AM , Blogger Behrang said...

It's a shame that we don't really celebrate this tradition in the US.

At 1:23 AM , Blogger VOICE said...

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At 12:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 11:04 AM , Anonymous afnan said...

Is this part of your culture? Im not an iranian so can i ask you something? How would you know that its the last day of winter? how long is the longest night? Hope you will reply to my question. I am wondering...


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