Every year, on the night of the winter solstice, people of many countries from central Asia to Eastern Europe celebrate this longest night of the year, they call this night Yalda. In this night, it is customary to eat red fruits, apples and pomegranates and watermelons are a usual site. A bowl of assorted nuts is served; walnuts and cashew nuts, almonds and such. This is all for the families to gather together on this night and enjoy each other’s company on this longest of the year’s nights. Gathered together, something everyone does is reading poetry. Classical Persian poems like those of Hafez, Rumi, and Ferdowsi’s are read aloud in Persian-speaking coutries. Bijan and Manije, one of our latest titles, is from the 10th century poet, Ferdowsi in his Book of Kings (Shahnameh). Happy Yalda to everone!
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