Although many of Iran ‘s ancient traditions and feasts have been forgotten by now, the Yalda Night ritual has remained strong among Iranians. Yalda, which means “birth” in Persian, signifies the birth of Mitra’s ” the lord of the light” birthday. Iranians and many others celebrate this night on 21st December at the end of autumn which is the longest night of the year. Ancient Iranians believe that the day after Yalda’s night the sun rises and shines strong more and more, and the decline of darkness begins. The coincidence of the night of Christ with Yalda also tells another story, which makes this event thriving in especially Esfahan.
At Yalta night, people gather in the older member of families or relative’s houses and celebrate with foods, music and reading the Hafez poem book to enjoy being with each other more. Eating fruits, nuts, and dried fruits has an important role in this night, especially watermelon and pomegranate are so common and some people believe that these fruits keep them safe from winter cold and diseases. All of the members participate in the ceremony share their foods with others so you can see a very wide variety and volume of foods and fruits on the tables with nice design.
If your fancy is a wonderful trip to Isfahan, we have planned this offer for an unforgettable trip to Isfahan: For only 199 € per person on a trip, spend four beautiful days in the middle of Isfahan in a 4-star hotel with the daily Breakfast buffet, on-site transfers, visa reference and dinner with an Iranian family. Delight yourself with the beauty of the cultural city of Isfahan.
A one-hour transfer brings you to the hotel, which is located in the middle of the city.After a short rest, get amazed by the magnificence of Royal Square “the second great square in the world” which is the heart of Isfahan in the middle of the historical texture. Royal or imam square contains several sites, the Ali-Qapu Palace and two of Islamic world’s greatest mosques – the Sheikh Lotfollah and the Shah – with glorious architecture then take a short walk in Qeisarieh Bazaar with several attractive districts. O/N in Isfahan.
Enjoy visiting Chehelsotoon & Hashtbehesht palaces. Have a wonderful opportunity to rub elbows with Isfahan people in workshops with a variety of Persian handicrafts. Get drowned in Iranian colorful culture in Isfahan, designated city by UNESCO as a Creative City of handicraft. Then it’s time to visit the magnificent Friday Mosque which is considered as a museum of a thousand years of Persian religious architecture and is truly one of the world’s greatest mosques. At night, you have a great opportunity to join in Yalda ceremony as a special guest with a local family where you will treat with so many fruits, nuts and sweets and of course warm and friendly overnight stay.
Half-Day sightseeing of Isfahan to explore Jolfa Armenian quarter and Vank cathedral on foot. Get attend in the religious ritual of Armenians of Isfahan in Christmas mood. Finally, we won’t miss visiting local musical instruments in the music museum.in the afternoon visit awe-inspiring Siosepol & take a walk on the Khaju bridge which you shouldn’t miss crossing in your lifetime. O/N in Isfahan. O/N in Isfahan.
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