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Shab-e Yalda
1 (a madar)

HI

I AM TRYING TO FIND SOMEONE WHO REMEMBERS THE STORY OF OLD SARMA PEEREH ZAN WHICH WE USE TO READ ABOUT IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. PART THAT I REMEMBER IS IF SHE GET MAD SHE WILL RIP HER PEARL NECKLACE AND CAUSE HAIL. OR DO YOU KNOW ANY OTHER STORY FOR SHABEH YALDA

THANKS


2 (a madar)

I also need your help and ideas about celebrating Yalda. At the time of winter solstice celebrations (Xmas, Hanuka, Kwanza, ...) I will be talking about Yalda at my daughter's school as well as my son's daycare. I am planning to take pistacheus and pomegranates as samples of what Iranians eat on that night.

but what are some nice stories about Yalda we can tell? we have all heard stories about heroic Jewish wars around Hanuka, and Little Jesus stories, but what about Yalda? I hope that our Zorastrian madars and pedars could help us remember some of our heritage about shab-e Yalda.

p.s. I have decided that if don't find anything else, I will just tell the children that on this long night people would sit around a "korsi" (I will take a blanket to imitate it:) and grandma will tell them a story. Then I will translate a Farsi story book to them.


3 (a mother)

Salom,

I just check the madar-pedar site to find out more this matter. My husband told me once, that you read "a special poems" book and seat to enjoy the poems that usually someone elder reads, while enjoying fruits and nuts.

Would you share more of your personal childhood experience on this day? What did it mean to you and when it started, any history related to him?

Our kids are growing up and I want to introduce them more into some Persian traditions. We enjoy the new year celebrations, and they know enough about my own traditions, but I want them to be more aware of other Iranian customs.

What is the name of the Poet, which book is read? Anyone to share......

Merci,


4 (a madar)

Unfortunately, I don't know of any poems, but what I remember from my childhood, Shab-e Yalda was basically the time to spend with family and friends in a cozy way!!

This is what I'm going to do for Yalda tonight (it might not be the traditional way but it's something and it's simple), I invited couple of friends over for after dinner and we're going to chat and, if possible and anybody has anything to say, talk about the old days and good traditions. We're going to have some watermelon, pomegranates, and other fruits and some nuts and goodies! If it's hard to find those special fruits, don't worry about it! It's the time you spend with your family that counts. Another thing I'm going to do is to read the story of "Naneh Sarma" to my daughter or maybe for everybody! It's a little sweet traditional story of Yalda! Try the following address for that story I hope it's still out there:

http://www-path.eecs.berkeley.edu/~soheila/Naneh-Sarma.html

Good luck and have fun!


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