Winter Holidays Around the World: Shab-e-Yalda?

What is Shab-e-Yalda?

Shab-e-Yalda is the celebration of the winter solstice, also known as the longest night of the year.  I has been celebrated by Iranians for more than 3,500 years.  The day symbolizes the victory of sun over darkness.  Shab means night and yalda means birth.

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Bademjan or bademjoon is eggplant in Farsi and khoresh means stew and it is always served with rice

After dinner snacks include dried fruits and nuts, and a dessert called halva that comes in many varieties.  Most are made of tahini or semolina flour.



Badamjan Khoresh

dried fruit and nuts

Dried Fruit and Nuts - Prosperity


Halva - Over come winter's cold

Pomegranate - to keep you healthy


Chopped Watermelon

saffron rice

Saffron Rice