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Folklore: Yalda Night

Jack Campin 22 Dec 18 - 06:24 AM
Jos 22 Dec 18 - 07:03 AM
Joe Offer 22 Dec 18 - 02:31 PM
Jack Campin 22 Dec 18 - 04:12 PM
Jos 22 Dec 18 - 04:22 PM
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Subject: Folklore: Yalda Night
From: Jack Campin
Date: 22 Dec 18 - 06:24 AM

I only just learned about this. A bunch of Edinburgh Iranians (world-class party animals) are having a celebration tonight.

Yalda Night

Dates back at least to Zoroaster, the name is possibly cognate with Nordic Yule, but despite its indisputably pre-Islamic character, it only became an official public date in Iran in 2008 under the Islamic Republic (maybe as an up-yours to the Saudis? I'll see f I can find out).

Edinburgh party


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Yalda Night
From: Jos
Date: 22 Dec 18 - 07:03 AM

I found an overview of the tradition(s) here:

http://farsinet.com/norooz/yalda.html

Sounds like a universal Christmas/Solstice/New Year/Yule ...


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Yalda Night
From: Joe Offer
Date: 22 Dec 18 - 02:31 PM

How is the date determined, Jack? I suppose it's not by the Western calendar, but it could be a solar date like our solstice.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Yalda Night
From: Jack Campin
Date: 22 Dec 18 - 04:12 PM

It's a solstice event - must have originally been in the Zoriastrian calendar.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Yalda Night
From: Jos
Date: 22 Dec 18 - 04:22 PM

Does the party always happen on the 22nd, or is it held at the nearest weekend?


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