happy yalda! tonight is the longest night of the year in the northern hemisphere. it was amazing that this great night was combined with a lunar eclipse last night.
we persians celebrate yalda by getting together, eating fruit and nuts, and reading poems all night. we are supposed to stay up all night to feel the longest night of the year. the main fruits for yalda are the last summery fruits which are watermelon, pomegranate, and dried fruits and nuts.
yalda is has very ancient origions in persian myths. the longest darkest night that ended with the morning which is the birthday of mitra ( the goddess of light.)