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Greetings for the Winter Sostice

December 21, 2019

Yalda_Night_Table_Amsterdam_2011_Photo_by_Pejman_Akbarzadeh_Persian_Dutch_NetworkTonight is the occasion of the Winter Solstice, which marks the longest and darkest night of the year.  In Iran, this point in the year has long been celebrated as the Shab-e Yalda and our picture* shows a table decorated in traditional manner for the occasion.  It is a time for people to get together to eat and drink, and the poetry of Hafez is often read.  The choice of items with red colour is said to symbolise dawn and the renewal of life.  More generally the Winter Solstice is seen as marking the rebirth of the sun and the promise of the return of longer days and the revival of natural growth.

With this in mind, we send Seasonal Greetings to all our readers and contributors.  We hope that the new year will be more peaceful and positive than the one that is passing, and that it will bring all countries into a place of greater harmony.  And we look forward to many more interesting exchanges of research, views and information between members of the Rubaiyat community.

*Yalda Night table in the celebration of Persians (Iranians) in Holland, Amsterdam, December, 2011. Photo by Pejman Akbarzadeh (Persian Dutch Network). This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license


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