December 21, 2006

Tonight is Yalda


May your pomegranate be a mighty red juicy one!

Tonight Iranians are celebrating Yalda, the longest night of the year. Yalda is celebrated on the eve of the first day of the winter, which falls on the Winter Solstice. On Yalda, members of the family get together, narrate old stories, play traditional games, and eat fruits especially pomegranates. Pomegranates are reminders of the cycle of life. The outer covering of a pomegranate symbolises birth or dawn and their bright red seeds the glow of life.

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Posted by mehrdad at December 21, 2006 11:25 AM | Journal 2006 |