Persian Yalda Party 16.December
Come and celebrate Shab-e-Yalda with us at Ophelia in Oslo Saturday 16.December!
Cover Charge: 150 kr
Music: DJ Amir + DJ Arsalan Miri
& Drums by Mo Kowbaki
About Yalda Night:
For Iranians around the world, the winter solstice is not just the longest night of the year, it is also the time to commemorate the triumph of Mithra , the Sun Godess of Light, over darkness in an ancient Persian celebration known as Shab-e-Yalda.
On Yalda festival, Iranians celebrate the arrival of winter, the renewal of the sun and the victory of light over darkness. On this night, family members get together and stay awake all night long reading poetry, particularly poems of the beloved Hafez. It's also tradition to eat ajeel, red fruits such as pomegranates and watermelon, and, of course, drink plenty of tea.
Shab-e Yalda is, in essence, a celebration of optimism and hope.
The celebration, which translates to “Night of Birth” and is celebrated on the eve of the first day of Winter (21-22 December), has come to symbolise many things. Not only has it become a significant cultural celebration, but it is part of Iranian tradition “where evil will run havoc on the longest night of the year,” according to Touraj Daryaee, a professor of Iranian studies. “So people gather to be together until evil is gone… it's an old idea where you need protection from evil." According to ancient belief, when the sun rises, the light shines and goodness prevails.
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