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Posted in Iran, Yalda by homeyra on December 21, 2006

Yaldā also known as Shab-e Cheleh, is celebrated on the eve of the first day of the winter, December 21 [first of Dey] in the Iranian calendar, which falls on the Winter Solstice. It celebrates the birth of Sun god Mithra.The festival was considered extremely important in pre-Islamic Iran and continues to be celebrated to this day, a period of more than 6000 years. Some historians believe that the festival spread to Europe through contacts between the Roman and Persian empires and was eventually replaced by Christmas; a theory that accounts for the celebration of Christmas on 25 December, rather than the later date of January 6 that is believed to be the correct date of birth of Christ by eastern orthodox church …… The Iranian Jews … in addition to “Shab e Cheleh” also celebrate the festival of “Illanout”, tree festival, at around the same time…. read more

Update: Thanks to Dear Professor here is a correction of the original text from wikipedia:

The fact that Eastern/Orthodox Christians use Jan 6 is only due to a “technical” fault in the Julian/Roman calendar they still use … not on their using the “birth date of Jesus”!I guess Persian and Chaldean astronomers were more advanced than their Roman and Medieval Christian colleagues.

Update 2: The story of the longuest night of the year

See also Tonight is Yalda by AA

Yalda E-cards!



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  1. Bluebear2 said, on December 21, 2006 at 9:07 pm

    A Joyful Shab-e Cheleh to you!

  2. homeyra said, on December 21, 2006 at 9:16 pm

    Thank you BB2:) 2U2!

  3. peoplesgeography said, on December 22, 2006 at 6:39 am

    Happy Yalda! A very enjoyable and fascinating post. May your Long Night be an enjoyable one on this Winter Solstice, and your pomegranate be a mighty red juicy one! (learned courtesy of a visit to Are-Adib) 😉

  4. homeyra said, on December 22, 2006 at 9:21 am

    Thank you PPGG !
    Wikipedia has made it so easy to post something!
    I am glad that after being immortalized by Ben you still have time to visit my blog 🙂

  5. peoplesgeography said, on December 22, 2006 at 9:57 am

    My pleasure and don’t worry, I haven’t let Ben’s magnificent gesture get to my head, I promise. Otherwise he’d be drawing a gargantuan head, not a good look 😉

  6. homeyra said, on December 22, 2006 at 10:00 am

    🙂 🙂 🙂

  7. Bijan said, on December 26, 2006 at 2:59 am

    Interesting blogs. Thanks!

    : You are welcome Bijan! glad you liked it:)

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