(Persia Digest) – Yalda was celebrated last night across Iran and by Iranians living abroad, also joined in by all those who are interested in the Iranian culture.
In China, celebrations took place in Beijing’s Intangible Heritage Museum attended by the Iranian Ambassador to China, Iranian students and Iranian residents in this country. Iranian families resident in China celebrated this night with various entertaining programs.
This included classical Iranian music, daf playing, educational, fun programs for children, competitions, and poetry reading.
Chinese nationals interested in Iranian culture also joined in the celebrations.
Simultaneously with the Yalda programs, an exhibition of Iranian arts and crafts and handwoven carpets were also held at the museum, displaying exquisite carpets and tableau rugs woven by hand.
Iranians resident in Pakistan also celebrated Yalda in Islamabad and other Pakistani cities like Peshawar, Karachi, Quetta, and Lahore by reading poems from the collection of Hafez.
The ceremony was also attended by the Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan and included a poetry competition and recounting memories.
In Malaysia, Iranian residents came together in the cultural section of the Iranian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur on the eve of this last autumn day and spent Yalda by reading Hafez poetry. This was a large gathering of Iranian families resident in Malaysia attended by the Iranian Ambassador, Marzieh Afkham.
Yalda was also celebrated in Afghanistan, Turkey, and Kyrgyzstan.
Yalda is an ancient Persian celebration on the longest night of the year or winter solstice. It has been celebrated in Iran on the last night of autumn every year for 2500 years.
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