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News number: 8709280645

18:05 | 2008-12-18

Culture

نسخه چاپي ارسال به دوستان

Yalda Night in List of National Treasures

TEHRAN (FNA)- Yalda Night festival will be officially added to Iran's List of National Treasures in a special ceremony to be held on December 20.



The ceremony will be attended by the Vice President in charge of Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHTO), Esfandiar Rahim-Mashaei, and several other cultural figures on Saturday, press tv reported.

Yalda eve, 21st of December, is considered the longest night of the year when ancient Iranians celebrated the birth of Mithra, the goddess of light.

However, it is now considered a time when family members get together at the home of the elders until after midnight. They are served with dried fruits, nuts, and winter fruits like pomegranates and watermelons, which are said to symbolize the red color of dawn in the sky.

During the long night, they also practice bibliomancy with the poetry of the highly respected mystic Iranian poet, Hafez.