Celebrating Yalda Night
Yalda is one of the most ancient Persian festivals,in that night Iranians celebrate the arrival of winter ,the reneval of the sun and the victory of light over darkness.
Ancient Iranians known Yalda as a thanksgiving celebration since they believed that from that night on the lord’s light spread over the earth much more than before.
In addition to Iran, Central Asian countries such as Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and some Caucasian states such as Azerbaijan and Armenia celebrate Yalda Night annually .
Celebrations Yalda may get families to gather around each other(most often in the house of the eldest member)
Dried nuts, watermelon and pomegranate are served, classic poetry and old mythologies are read aloud.people also read Hafez at this night,who is a famous Persian poet.
Iranians believe those who begin winter by eating summer fruits would not fall ill during the cold seasons,Therefore eating watermelons is one of the most important traditions in this night