How does Iranian celebrate Yalda night?
In the Zoroastrian era, people were advised to stay awake for most of the night, to prevent any bad luck from happening. People had to gather in the safety of groups of friends and relatives, share the last remaining fruits from the summer, and find ways to pass the long night together in good company.
This same culture still exist. Every Yalda night people are gathering with their loved ones. They would especially go to their grandparents’ house. Eat, drink and read poetry(Hafez) during the whole the evening to pass the darkest evening of the year with laughter and joy. Iranians believe those who begin winter by eating summer fruits would not fall ill during the cold season. Honestly this evening is filled with different type of food. Gaining weight is very common in that evening!
The most important fruits of the evening are pomegranate, the jewel of all fruits, and watermelon. Without them, there is no Yalda night. The color of these fruits symbolise the cycle and glow of life. These days you can find everything in the shape and color of these fruit such as cake, cupcakes or even in home accessories.
As I mentioned, during this night people also read Hafez poetry. You probably wonder why Hafez? Iranians believe in Hafez as much as believing in God. People make a wish, open a book of Hafez and the first poem they see is the interpretation of the wish and whether and how it will come true.
So in Yalda night each member of the family makes a wish and randomly opens the book and asks the eldest member of the family to read it aloud.
How I celebrate this night?
When I lived in Iran, every year my family and I were gathering at my grandparents. It was all about eating, drinking and reading Hafez till we passed midnight. From the time I moved to the Netherlands, everything changed. The first two years I spent alone with my husband because I had no one to share this joy ( it is nice to spent this night with a group) . But luckily I found Iranian friends who were in the same situation as me. Since then I mostly celebrate Yalda night with them. We come together and we do the same things that we used to do in Iran with our families. Yalda night is one of the nights that I miss my family so much. The laughter, the joy and coziness makes this night unforgettable
کانال اطلاع رسانی زبان انگلیسی
❇️راه های ارتباطی
🔶ارتباط با ادمین کانال و رزرو کلاس
🔶تدریس عمومی،گروهی، خصوصی ودوره های فشرده زبان انگلیسی - رضا جواهریان