Yalda Night, also known as Shab-e Yalda or Shab-e Chelleh, is an ancient Persian festival celebrated on the eve of the winter solstice, which usually falls on December 21st. It marks the longest night of the year and the beginning of winter.
The festival has its roots in Zoroastrianism. Yalda Night has great cultural significance in Iran and among Persian communities worldwide. It's a time for families and friends to gather, celebrate, and stay up late into the night. The poetry of Hafez, a revered Persian poet, is often recited, and singing, dancing are common activities during this festive night.
We're excited to extend an invitation to celebrate Yalda Night together as a community. We encourage everyone to bring a dish or dessert that holds personal significance or represents the spirit of Yalda. Pomegranates, watermelons, nuts, and other traditional fruits are especially welcome as they symbolize the hopes for a bountiful and prosperous year ahead. (It's an after-dinner party)
Date: Thursday Dec 21, 2023
Time: 6:30 - 10:30 pm
Location: Holiday Inn & Suites, 1501 Sunport Pl SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
We look forward to celebrating Yalda Night with you and your families!
Iranian Cultural Society of New Mexico