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Iranians Celebrating Yalda, the Arrival of Winter/ In Photos

Every year, Iranians celebrate the arrival of winter, Yalda, the year's longest night. People mark the festive occasion in Iran and Central Asian countries such as Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and some Caucasian states like Azerbaijan and Armenia on December 21 every year. Yalda Night is one of the oldest Persian traditions and its history dates back to thousands of years ago. Ancient Persians believed that on this night, the sun was saved from the claws of darkness thus materializing the triumph of good over evil. Iranians celebrate Yalda by gathering at the home of the elders until after midnight and eating dried fruits, nuts, and winter fruits like pomegranates, which symbolizes the red color of dawn in the sky.

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