Yalda - what do you know about it?

by alimostofi

Hi everyone, especially those of you who are a little out of touch with Iranian traditions.

Yalda is the first longer day in the year. A long long time ago, there lived an Iranian Astrologer called Jamasp. He was really good at maths. He wrote the future of Iranian history, and pretty much the world. It was he who told of the coming of a Sayaoshant or special people every two thousand years. These were periods that coincide with the precession of Equinox.

We Iranians have been around for so long that we have stories that have lasted many Ages. If you look at Parse or Persepolis you will see Bulls. That was the age of Taurus, and Spring Equinox or Nowruz happened in the constellation Taurus. Later in happened in Aries, and now we are at the close of Age of Pisces. The Age of Aquarius is upon us. Aquarius is all about social networks, and corporations.

Jesus Christ was the Sayaoshant of Pisces, and Jamasp wrote this. He worked out that at a particular time the planets will line up, and be very bright in the longest night of the year. Shabe Yalda comes from that. Iranians used to have huge bonfires and the word Yule means Logs, and so you get Yuletide.

Iran calendar calls this 30 Azar or 30 Sagittarius. The first of Day was regarded with awe. The Earth is pretty close to the Sun and it is moving really fast. The word Deity comes from it. The symbol for Saturn is the same as the cross. Pope Gregory decided to not have leap years for a while, and so they ended up on 25th instead of 22nd. Christmas is four days late.

There is a lot more on this. Would appreciate any input on this in the next few days. Let see how much we can dig up.


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The Persian traditions merged in ancient Rome, in a festival to the ancient god of seedtime, Saturn. The Romans exchanged gifts, partied and decorated their homes with greenery. Following the Persian tradition, the usual order of the year was suspended. Grudges and quarrels forgotten, wars would be interrupted or postponed. Businesses, courts and schools were closed. Rich and poor became equal, masters served slaves, and children headed the family. Cross-dressing and masquerades, merriment of all kinds prevailed. A mock king, the Lord of Misrule, was crowned. Candles and lamps chased away the spirits of darkness...

From this day forward, light triumphs as the days grow longer and give more light. This celebration comes in the Persian month of Day, which was also the name of the pre-zoroastrain creator god (light or Day). On this night bonfires are lit outside, while inside famil and friends gather ina night-long vigil around the korsi (Russian origin), a low square table covered with a thick cloth overhanging on all sides. A brazier with hot coals is placed under the table. All night the family and friends sit on large cushions around the korsi . On this night the oldest memeber of the family says prayers, thank God for the previous year's crops, and prays for the prosperity of next years's harvest. Then with a sharp knife cuts the melon, and the watermelon and gives everyone a share. The cutting symbolizes the removal of sickness and pain from the family. Snacks are passed around throught the night; pomegranates with angelica powder and combination of nuts and dried fruits. This mixture of nuts literally means night-gazing; eating nuts is said to lead to prosperty in days to come. More substantial fare for the night's feast include eggplant stew with plain saffron-flavored rice; and rice with chicken; thick yogurt; and carrot brownies. The food themselves symbolize the balance of seasons. On into the night of festivities , the family keeps the fires burning and the lights glowing to help the sun in its battle against darkness.

They recite poetry and play music, tell stories, talk and eat and eat an talk until the sun, triumphnatly, reapperas in the morning.

May light triumph darkness every day and in every heart.

source: New Food of Life: Ancient Persian and Modern Iranian Cooking and Ceremonies



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as an excuse for domestic tyranny.

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I know all of this abou the Aquarians. What about yourself? What sign you are?

M. Saadat Noury

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Original and inventive
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Hooshang, I loved that video. I shared it at facebook. Thank you.

I am an Aquarius. Are you too?


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Very interesting

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But I have heard that the age of Aquarius has started some years ago.