In recognition of the beautiful ancient Iranian festivity of Shabe-Yalda, ICM was pleased to host the Yalda celebration on December 15th, 2012.
December 21st, the turning point as the Winter Solstice is the longest night of the year and the beginning of the lengthening of days. Shabe Yaldā or Shabe Chelle is an Iranian festival celebrating the victory of light and goodness over darkness and evil. Shabe Yalda means ‘birthday eve.’ According to Persian mythology, Mithra was born at dawn on the 22nd of December to a virgin mother. He symbolizes light, truth, goodness, strength, and friendship. Herodotus reports that this was the most important holiday of the year for contemporary Persians. In modern times, Persians celebrate Yalda by staying up late or all night, a practice known as Shab Chera meaning ‘night gazing’. Fruits and nuts are eaten, especially pomegranates and watermelons, whose red color invokes the crimson hues of dawn and symbolize Mithra.
On this year Yalda celebration, ICM entertained its guests with the host of colorful programs such as Kids Fairytale story (Unexpected Guests), Traditional Yalda table, A very colorful Korsi display (Traditional short Winter table), Traditional Winter games, Live theatrical and musical folks program.
The other highlights of this event were, Cheleh Nishini, Khosh and Besh and Faleh Hafez. Also, ICM Persian Language School performed a song titled Anar (pomegranate). The Yalda event was full of live performances and continued with DJ style dance Music throughout the night that brought joy and happiness to ICM guests.
Special thanks to ICM volunteers for the work they do in the community and a big thank you has to go to our ever dedicated team of volunteers who spent months planning this event and worked tirelessly to stage the event, which was a great success.
ICM Volunteers responsible for this year events are Arash Gharahmadani, Ilich Gharahmadani, Fuchick Gharahmadani, Samira Kermani, Afrooz Naeemi, Kourosh Doustshenas, Frozandeh Shemirani, Anahita Aminian, Hesam Aminian, Hamid Zahedi, Mitra Tirandaz, Reza Bazzi, Shahin Shooshtari, Karim Azad, Shakila Azad, Mohsen Kermani and PLC Staff.
At this time, we give thanks for loyal friends like you and we are also very thankful to our teams of volunteers that are spending their precious time working in ICM’s committees such as PLC, ACE, EVENT, and Board of Directors. Without your participation and support we could not deliver services and successful cultural and educational events to our Community each year.
Thank you. I wish everyone peace and happiness.
Yalda Event Coordinator