Yalda Festival



The Birth of God Mithra & Significance of Winter Solstice in Iranian Culture


By Massoume Price

Edition by CAIS



Why Celebrate Yalda and not Christmas?


While the Christians celebrate Christmas, the Iranians, particularly Zarthushtis celebrate one of their most ancient celebrations, called Yalda, which means Birth. Yalda is the night of Mehr or Mithra’s birth. This is traced to the primal concept of Light and Good, against Darkness and Evil in the ancient Iranian religion. From this day forward, Light triumphs as the days grow longer and gives more light. 

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