Around the World: Zoroastrians Celebrate Yalda

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This year Yalda Night (Chelle) is also celebrated by different Zoroastrian groups and organizations around the world.

Yald is an Iranian festival originally celebrated on the Northern Hemisphere’s longest night of the year, that is on the eve of the Winter Solstice. In Iran it’s celebrated in different cities around the country. In the Capital, Tehran, Zoroastrian Students Organization held the ceremony at Firooz Bahram high school. Zoroastrian Women Organization and Fravahr Organization planned separate events at Fravahar Sposts Center and Khosravi Hall respectively.
In the United States, Zoroastrian Association of Metropolitan Washington is going to have the celebration on Dec 22, 2008 in the city of McLean, Virginia.

In Northern California , Persian Zoroastrian Organization has organized the event for Saturday Dec 20 at the Arbab Rostam Giv Dare Mehr in San Jose.

In Southern California, Yalda (Chelle) night was celebrated at the California Zoroastrian Center On December 13, 2008. Programs included speeches about Yalda, shows, poetry, live Persian traditional and pop music and folk dance.  Following pictures are taken by Sharam Moobed (Asha) from CZC Yalda night ceremony in Westminster.

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