The longest night of the year is celebrated during Shabe Yalda, also known as Chelle Night. It is an ancient Persian festival that marks the winter solstice. It is a time for family and friends to gather, share food, and read poetry.
During this night, Persians read the enchanting poetry of Hafez and tell stories, making this otherwise long cold winter night a delightful gathering with family and friends. Yalda is a night full of hope for the future.
This year’s Abrahamic House Shabe Yalda celebration included several special guests who shared stories appropriate to the occasion. Guests joined us for their stories, Hafez’s poetry, traditional snacks, and a rooftop bonfire to celebrate the longest night of the Persian Calendar!