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.
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.
Dried Fruit and Nuts - Prosperity
Halva - Over come winter's cold
Pomegranate - to keep you healthy