Yalda Night (Shabe Yalda in Persian), also known as Shab-e Chelle, is an ancient festival celebrated on the longest and darkest night of the year, this year it is the 21st December.

During Yalda Night, Iranian families gather to share meals of fruits such as pomegranates, recite poetry, and stay up late, often lighting candles to mark the occasion.

This festive occasion is observed by Iranians and has spread to various other regions influenced by Persian culture, including Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, the Kurdistan Region, Tajikistan, and among diaspora communities.

Yalda’s significance lies in its embodiment of light’s victory over darkness, with the subsequent lengthening of days heralding hope and renewal.

We wish our Persian friends Happy Yalda and hope for brighter days.