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More Winter Solstice Activities

December 11, 2008

We reviewed our winter solstice discussion from yesterday, and we talked about Yalda, the Iranian Winter Solstice Celebration.

From This site:

In Iran, the winter solstice, which falls on December 21, is hailed with Shab-e Yalda?the birthday of the sun. It’s a celebration of the triumph of light over dark, good over evil. It is thought that on the longest night with evil at its zenith, light needs help to overcome darkness. On this day, families build a bonfire outside and gather until sunrise for a night of storytelling, dancing, and food.

More Information: The Festival of “Yalda” and Iranians celebrate “Yalda” as longest night of the year

We had a meal of fruit, cucumbers, and nuts.

We read some Persian fairy tales from a book I’ve had since I was a child.

I read that Backgammon has origins in Persia, so John played Backgammon with the kids. They also played Othello.

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