Yalda Night

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  • Yalda Night 2019-12-22 19:00

    40 women artists paint Yalda Night for Tehran showcase

    TEHRAN – Watercolors by 40 women artists on the theme of Yalda Night, the last night of the fall season and the longest night of the year that is celebrated in Iran, are on view in an exhibition at Avaye Honar Gallery in Tehran.

  • Initiative brings taste of Yalda to embassies 2019-12-22 01:00

    Initiative brings taste of Yalda to embassies

    TEHRAN – Some foreign envoys and diplomats got stunned on Saturday evening when they unexpectedly received a taste of Yalda, sharing the joy of ancient festivity with millions of Iranians.

  • 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.

  • Yalda Night is a time for family reunions, louder laughter, merriment and good cheer for Iranians from all walks of life. 2019-12-14 20:47

    Iran seeking to win four joint UNESCO tags in 2020

    TEHRAN – Iran is seeking to secure four world heritage status jointly with other countries in 2020.

  • Tirgan, a feast in honor of rain 2019-07-02 20:16

    Tirgan, a feast in honor of rain

    Tirgan (also known as Jashn-e Tirgan) is a time-honored Iranian festival usually observed as a rain festival. Tiragan, along with Noruz, Yalda Night and Mehregan are amongst feasts widely celebrated in the ancient land.

  • Mehregan celebration, which falls on the 196th day of the Iranian calendar year, brings together clusters of Iranian Zoroastrians to hold reunions in celebration of Mithra, an ancient goddess of friendship, affection and love. 2019-05-20 22:30

    Iran makes bids for UNESCO intangible cultural heritage registration

    TEHRAN – Iran has submitted five separate dossiers to the UNESCO for possible inscription on the Intangible Cultural Heritage list.

  • 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!

  • Branko Ivankovic 2018-12-19 17:46

    Branko Ivankovic praises Yalda Night celebration

    TEHRAN – Persepolis football team head coach Branko Ivankovic praised the Iranian festival Yalda Night, saying the feast brings the Iranians together.

  • 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. 

  • Tehran Organic Week Festival opens   2018-12-14 22:29

    Tehran Organic Week Festival opens  

    TEHRAN — The 11th Tehran Organic Week Festival, aiming to increase public awareness about healthy food and fruits, kicked off on Thursday at Tehran’s Goftogu Park, Mehr news agency reported. 

  • 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 Night 2017-12-18 18:53

    By Mohsen Mohammadi

    ECO Cultural Institute to showcase illustrations on Yalda Night 

    TEHRAN -- The Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Cultural Institute (ECI) in Tehran will be playing host to an exhibition of illustrations by Iranian artists to celebrate Yalda Night, the longest night of the year, opening on December 20.

  • 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.

  • sofreh 2017-12-09 10:55

    Sofreh: meal serving custom in Persian style

    TEHRAN – In every language and culture, there are some untranslatable words and terms which do not have equivalents in other languages. ‘sofreh’ in Persian language is in this category.

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

    Picture of the Day

    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.

  • Nane Sarma 2016/12/19

    By Naghmeh Mizanian

    Nan-e Sarma, the herald of winter, is coming

    It is the longest night of the year, Yalda. It is snowing. The warmth of the home of grandmother nullifies the cold weather of winter.