When is Yalda Night?

When is Yalda Night?

Yalda Night, an ancient festival marking the longest night of the year, is a time of warmth, joy, and community spirit. Rooted in Persian culture, this celebration falls on the eve of the Winter Solstice, typically around December 21st. On this night, families and friends gather to share food, poetry, and stories, creating an atmosphere of togetherness and warmth against the cold winter's night.

The Significance of Yalda Night

Yalda, also known as Shab-e Yalda or Shab-e Chelleh, has its origins in Zoroastrianism, one of the world's oldest monotheistic religions. It symbolizes the triumph of light over darkness, a theme reflected in the fires and lights that are an integral part of the festivities. As the longest night of the year, Yalda is a time to celebrate the rebirth of the sun and the eventual victory of light over the long, dark winter days ahead.

Traditions and Celebrations

Yalda Night is marked by several distinctive customs and traditions:

  1. Gathering with Loved Ones: Families and friends come together, often staying awake all night to welcome the dawn.
  2. Feasting on Seasonal Delicacies: Special foods are prepared, including pomegranates and watermelons, symbolizing the cycle of life and the color of dawn.
  3. Sharing Poetry and Stories: Reciting poems from Hafez, a beloved Persian poet, is a favorite activity. People also share stories and anecdotes, fostering a sense of connection and community.
  4. Exchanging Gifts: In keeping with the spirit of the season, small gifts and tokens are often exchanged.

Yalda Night at Tooka Florist

At Tooka Florist, we embrace the spirit of Yalda Night with our specially curated floral arrangements. Whether it's for decoration or as a thoughtful gift, our collections reflect the warmth and joy of this special night:


Yalda Night is more than just a celebration of the solstice; it's a reminder of the power of light, warmth, and community. This year, as we approach the longest night, let's embrace the traditions that have been passed down through generations, and add a touch of elegance with floral arrangements from Tooka Florist. Celebrate Yalda Night and welcome the return of longer, brighter days ahead.

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