Yalda night or Chelleh night is one of the oldest celebrations in Iran. In This celebration, Be traversed the longest night of the year, and following that, longer days is Celebrating. Yalda night is called the time between sunset of the last day of fall to dawn on the first day of winter. Iranian families in Yalda night, usually provides a variety of fruit, especially watermelon and they eat together. After serving snacks, storytelling by family elders for other family members and also divination with Hafez poetry is common between Iranian families.
Celebrating the winter solstice was also common among the ancient tribes. In ancient Rome and at the same time by promoting Christianity, Romans was celebrating the birthday of Sol Invictus at the time of the winter solstice.
To celebrate this night, A tablecloth trips that called Yalda or Chelleh table and decorated whit a variety of dried fruits, pomegranates and watermelons. Pomegranate and watermelon and beets are among the most important requirements of Yalda. Also Nuts has many supporters in Iran at this night. For Iranians ancestors, red color which was the symbol of sun, was dear. Red pomegranate and watermelon and selection of red apples and measures, is Referring to this issue.
There is little difference in Yalda ceremonies in different parts of Iran. For example, in Khorasan, each guest to going to the soiree, take a torch with him. In Azerbaijan it is customary to send a gift to the new bride’s house. Shiraz peaple table is colored like Nowruz table. Hafez reading is an integral part of the ceremony in this evening for Shirazian. Be sure to provide watermelon in Gilan. They believe that everyone eat watermelon in this night, does not feel thirsty in summer and also will not feel cold in winter. Qazvin peaple, like other Iranian people, spend this ancient ritual by going to elders home.