Shab-e Yalda

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  • Tourism minister Ali-Asghar Mounesan addresses the 4th Yalda Commemoration at the Niavaran Cultural-Historical Complex in northern Tehran, December 19, 2019. 2019-12-21 18:24

    Yalda is a beautiful manifestation of Iran’s cultural heritage: tourism minister

    TEHRAN – Iran’s tourism minister has said that Yalda Night is a beautiful manifestation of Iran’s intangible cultural heritage.

  • Iranians shop, this time, in honor of the longest night 2019-12-21 17:22

    Photo: Samira Nazari

    Iranians shop, this time, in honor of the longest night

    A peek into the bustling streets, grocery and confectionery stores show that Iranians from all walks of life are being prepared to have fun in honor of the longest night, the Yalda Night. For Iranian families and friends, Shab-e Yalda (Yalda Night), has long been a treasured time to come together and celebrate the festivity, which falls on December 21 this year.

  • You can hear her breath in the face of parents purchasing and setting out dried nuts, cookies, pomegranates and watermelons; and impatient children who are waiting for her to arrive! 2019-12-20 18:14

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Put your skates on; Yalda is to knock the door!

    A new Yalda Night is approaching the hearts of Iranians no matter which part of the globe they live. On that graceful night the winter chill is vanquished and the warmth of love embraces the entire family.

  • In honor of the longest night: Iran pursuing UNESCO recognition of Yalda 2018-12-22 20:25

    In honor of the longest night: Iran pursuing UNESCO recognition of Yalda

    TEHRAN – Iran continues collaborating with the United Nations cultural agency UNESCO to register “Celebration of Yalda Night” officially on its Intangible Cultural Heritage list.

  • Shab-e Yalda 2018-12-19 20:04

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Shab-e Yalda: A golden opportunity to come together

    For Iranian families and friends, Shab-e Yalda (Yalda Night), has long been a treasured time to come together and celebrate in honor of the longest night of the year!

  • Tehran festival to mark Yalda, Christmas bonds 2018-12-17 21:01

    Tehran festival to mark Yalda, Christmas bonds

    TEHRAN – Yalda - the longest night of the year - and Christmas, as deeply-rooted-in-time celebrations, share common, cultural or historical links, which are set to be highlighted during a festival on December 20. 

  • Yalda night celebration held for child laborers 2018-12-11 22:37

    Yalda night celebration held for child laborers

    TEHRAN – A symbolic ceremony for the working children in District 19 of Tehran was held on Tuesday to celebrate Yalda night, the longest night of the year which takes place on December 21.

  • Tehran exhibit displaying Yalda Night decorations 2018-12-10 21:23

    Tehran exhibit displaying Yalda Night decorations

    TEHRAN – Sets of decorative bowls, plates, platters, and salvers, which Iranians traditionally use on the graceful Yalda Night, has been put on show at the headquarters of the Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Organization in Tehran.

  • Yalda Night is a time for pleasant family reunions that entails laughter, merriment and good cheer. 2017-12-23 20:50

    Iran seeks multinational UNESCO inscription of Yalda

    TEHRAN – Iran has called on its nearby states to join hands to put forward the ancient Persian Yalda festivity for a possible UNESCO registration.

  • Hurry up! Yalda is right around the corner 2017-12-20 15:51

    By Afshin Majlesi

    Hurry up! Yalda is right around the corner

    Children chasing each other; mothers setting out dried nuts, pomegranates and watermelons amongst other fine foodstuffs; and fathers watching a ball game amid all! Does this sound familiar? Well, this is a glimpse of the Yalda celebration in honor of the longest night of the year!

  • yalda 2017-12-18 15:54

    By Setareh Behroozi

    Yalda Night, fun-filled heritage for kids

    Despite modern busy life, the feast of Yalda, which marks the winter solstice, the longest night of the year by one minute, is still held by Iranians with some details mentioned below.

  • Women at a retirement home in Bojnourd, North Khorasan province, celebrated Yalda Night, the longest night of the year 2016-12-21 16:26

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    Women at a retirement home in Bojnourd, North Khorasan province, celebrated Yalda Night, the longest night of the year, which falls on December 20, 2016. Photo: Mizan/ Peyman Hamidipour

  • Yalda Night 2016-12-20 09:10

    Shab-e Yalda: A warm welcome to winter, felicitous farewell to fall

    TEHRAN - Once again, Iranians from all walks of life and all around the globe are arranging to celebrate Shab-e Yalda (Yalda Night), which falls on December 20.