Shabe Chelle

⁹ Shabe- Chelle شب چِله (or Shabe Yaldā-شب یلدا) is the longest and darkest night of the year which is celebrated annually. It is in 30th of Āzar (آذَر), the third month of Autumn (/pāyiz/*- پاییز)_according to the Persian calendar_ on Tuesday, December 21st, 2021.

 

 

 

Food plays a significant role in "Shabe Chelle". Common Foods to this celebration include:  Pomogranade

(اَنار- Anār),

 

 

 

Watermellon(هندوانه-/hendune/or /hendevune/),

 

 

 

 

 

and nuts (آجیل- /Ājil/).

 

 

 

 

These items are placed on Korsi (کُرسی) a type of low height table with a heater underneath it which people sit around.  (for more information click here +)

 

The red colors (/ghermez/-قِرمِز) in these fruits symbolize love, and brings life and passion to our cold long night,  making our heart warm and ready for the upcoming winter until we celebrate Nowruz in 3 months, at the beginning of the Spring. So let's welcome the arrival of the winter solstice, using vivid and warm colors that illustrate the glow of life!

 

 

There's more!

My favorite part of it is reading poetry; especially DIVAN-E HAFEZ, until well after midnight. 

What's the tradition?

 

Normally the head of the family opens the book, making "fāl" for each family member. Everyone sits around and when your turn comes, you need to make a wish or ask a question about your career, relationships, etc. When you are ready, he/she would open the book randomly. Whatever poem appears, is an answer to what your heart is asking for. I remember My bābābozorg reading every verse beautifully. After each verse, he waited for my mom to interpret it for us. 

The whole process gives everyone an opportunity to hear different poems of Hafez's book, reflect on the important aspects of their life while enjoying each other's company.

Lastly, I find Yālda as a reminder for us to know that even the longest nights will pass. I would spend this Chelle with my family (they came to visit), so I'll share some photos on this post! 

 

 

شب چله‌تان مبارک باد!

 

 

 

*Words in between // are the ways words are pronounced in Spoken Persian.