Shab e Yalda

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Saturday 21st December 2019

12:00pm - 4:00pm

  • Seated dining from 12pm
  • Serving Mediterranean & Middle Eastern Meze

A lunch time family-friendly event to celebrate the Persian Winter Solstice festival, 'Night of Yalda', which is the longest and darkest night of the year.

"The ancient Persians depended on agriculture for their livelihood. By experience they learned the longer days and warm rays of sun helped their crops and the gathering months brought shorter days and longer nights. They discovered that after what was the longest night of the year the daylight hours started to get longer. This night was called Yalda which meant rebirth (of the sun), and it was celebrated for the triumph of light over darkness."

During Shab e Yalda, it's traditional to feast on bright red fruits like pomegranate and watermelon, nuts like pistachio, and delicious Persian cuisine, whilst also reading Hafez poetry, which is used as a form of divination to guide your future endeavours.

At Peggy's Skylight we've teamed up with locally-based Persian artists to host an afternoon of food, live music, poetry, and a special Hafez Grotto where instead of speaking to Santa Claus, you can ask the book Divan-e Hafez for some future good fortune.

This event is open to all. Tickets are free for under 10 year old's, and £6 for everyone else.

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