Yalda Night, 2015
by fariba Rajabi
A lot of you were interested in knowing what we are planning to do in our night of Yalda! I am more than happy to share whatever we did! Yalda to me is like thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians and Americans. This time of the year is a busy time for almost everybody. As some of you getting ready to celebrate christmas, we Persians, celebrate Yalda night, the longest night of the year!
We gather and spend the time of Yalda night together, laughing, reading poems, and eat special treats and fruits! We stay warm by keeping our hearts close together. Like Christmas is just more than a celebration. It is spiritual and deep rooted in our culture.We Persians celebrate this dark beauty, Yalda, the longest night of the year which is the announcement for welcoming winter season….
And I am thrilled to share the visual stories of our home at Yalda. Right now, I am just in the preparation of pomegranates, watermelon, and roasted nuts, sweets, and last but not least, a great simple and fresh pomegranate salad for this seasonal festive. I will share my visual stories and the recipe for this quick and easy salad with you tonight. Yalda Night happens to be a calendar event and counts as the last night of every human citizens’ fall season.
Living as an earthocentric human citizen, I believe that we all belong to our very own mother earth and shall share our cultural celebrations with our distant global citizens. love how we from different cultures, have celebrations that happen at the same time! Yalda is only 4 nights apart from christmas. It is interesting how the color red is symbolic for two occasions and the time when all family members get together at grand parents houses to chill and cheer. I love and appreciate this sense of belonging to all earth’s citizens. We have the same roots and may be a day, when we all live in peace. Merry Christmas to all of you my friends.
If you are looking for an exotic and yet healthy desert, the pomegranate citrus salad is definitely the right thing to do the job! Although it is made in less than fifteen minutes, it is both exotic and flavourful. This is the recipe I created to make and share with my family. I really wanted to pamper them with juicy and fresh flavours, and I succeeded. This recipe is going to be a must-have in Winter time and occasions like christmas and Yalda.
2large pomegranates, seeded
1large mango, peeled and cut into cubes
3medium oranges, skinned and cut into cubes
The juice of one lemon, squeezed
1cup orange or mango juice
To assemble this salad, just combine all the ingredients, toss and serve. It is that simple! Enjoy