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Yalda – The Longest Night – A Slow Celebration

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Last night we spent Yalda, the longest night of the year, with friends, sitting mostly on the floor, around the table, eating fruit, nuts and cheese. The two staples of the Iranian celebration are pomegranate seeds and watermelon. It is cozy and I don’t think we have an equivalent type celebration in America.
Shah’s childhood memories of are a traditional celebration where the house is cold, but you have a thick blanket over a short Japanese style table with a pan of hot coals underneath, uou sit on the floor around, pull the blanket up to your chest and keep warm and cozy while snacking and relaxing because you have the longest night ahead and are in no hurry.
Why don’t we have a special day dedicated not just to being with family, but to sitting and relaxing, keeping warm and doing little else?

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About Camila

Based in Atlanta, but from the mountains of North Carolina. New widow of a man from Iran. Mother of one precious girl. Anti-human trafficking expert. Sister to 16 siblings (Yes, some of are adopted). Daughter of God.

1 comment on “Yalda – The Longest Night – A Slow Celebration

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