Persian Culture & History

Yalda Festival

Yalda (The last night of Autumn)

by Mason Balouchian

Yalda or Chelleh is the longest night of the year in theYalda2 northern hemisphere. It begins from twilight on the final day of autumn  (about Nov. the 20th) to the daybreak of the following day  (the first day of winter). Traditionally, the Persians stay up all night and party with family and friends. During this festival, they eat rich food, and fruits left from summer and fall such as pomegranate, watermelon, melon, and nuts and celebrate until daybreak.

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