Yalda 2016

The longest and darkest night of the year is a time when friends and family gather together to eat, drink and read poetry (especially Hafez) until well after midnight. Fruits and nuts are eaten and pomegranates and watermelons are particularly significant. The red color in these fruits symbolizes the crimson hues of dawn and glow of life. The poems of Divan-e Hafez, which can be found in the bookcases of most Iranian families, are intermingled with peoples’ life and are read or recited during various occasions like this festival and at Nowruz.

In Zoroastrian tradition the longest and darkest night of the year was a particularly inauspicious day, and the practices of what is now known as “Shab-e Chelleh/Yalda” were originally customs intended to protect people from evil (see dews) during that long night,at which time the evil forces of Ahriman were imagined to be at their peak. People were advised to stay awake most of the night, lest misfortune should befall them, and people would then gather in the safety of groups of friends and relatives, share the last remaining fruits from the summer, and find ways to pass the long night together in good company. The next day (i.e. the first day of Dae month) was then a day of celebration, and (at least in the 10th century, as recorded by Al-Biruni), the festival of the first day of Dae month was known as Ḵorram-ruz (joyful day) or Navad-ruz (ninety days [left to Nowruz]).Although the religious significance of the long dark night have been lost, the old traditions of staying up late in the company of friends and family have been retained in Iranian culture to the present day.

 

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Above is a link to the poetry translated into English.

Here are examples of our Yalda for this year:

 

Dastur Adam reads his newest workings into the Ahrimani Tantra:

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4 thoughts on “Yalda 2016

  1. You all stop being violent. N rebelling. Against yourselves. Go have fun. I have a purple n black wig on. Today. While shopping at wally world. The worlds our stage. Be nice n help people. Pax et bonum. I may get a temp tattoo. Or just use a washable marker n. Draw smiley faces on my head. N start a new trend. Fun fun.

  2. Heaven here. Faith flipped baphomet. Lilith n astraroth over. Listen to hail holy Queen on your you tubes.or look it up on this net St Michael Da Archangel here. Were writing a end of hell on earth battle book. Heavens laughing at you all. We on earth. Just like you. Are. Wait until the portal opens forever. N your begging to be eternally damned will happen. N you all ain’t coming back up. Tick tock. Love the author of life. See what your power delivers to you in corrupt body eternal hell. 2017 year of Our Lady Of Fatima. Jacinta Lucia Francisco. Yo team good watchers. Cut copy n paste. Pax et. Bonum so sad you all chose eternal forever hell. Its eternal spooky scary enjoy that eternal lock of chaos n crazy. We tried. Your all on your battle side. Now. Poof something.

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