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Rango's Ballroom, Carnegie Mellon University

5032 Forbes Ave

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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A shadow casts across a closing sky
where crowds will meet to bid the night good-bye.
With hushed excitement, waiting now respite;
in silence but for night hawks eerie cry.

This winter solstice fires will burn all night,
with sparks cascading; messages in flight.
Ensuring then, defeat of Ahriman
with prayers to Mithra, bringing morning light

A night of celebration to Daygan
with festive food and dance, the night began.
Their prayers ensure protected winter grain.
They wait to see the new sun shine on man.

Yalda triumphant, light our darkened plain,
bring forth new life, your love with us remain.
Yalda: re-birth, arise new sun on high.
Shab-e yalda; our sun is born again.


Shab-e Yalda ("Yalda night" شب یلدا‎‎) or Shab-e Chelleh ("night of forty" شب چله‎‎) is an Iranian festival celebrated on the "longest and darkest night of the year," that is, in the night of the Northern Hemispheres winter solstice. Calendrically, this corresponds to the night of December 20/21 (±1) in the Gregorian calendar, and to the night between the last day of the ninth month (Azar) and the first day of the tenth month (Dey) of the Iranian civil calendar.

The longest and darkest night of the year is a time when friends and family gather together to eat, drink and read poetry (especially Hafez) until well after midnight. Fruits and nuts are eaten and pomegranates and watermelons are particularly significant. The red color in these fruits symbolizes the crimson hues of dawn and glow of life. The poems of Divan-e Hafez, which can be found in the bookcases of most Iranian families, are read or recited on various occasions such as this festival and Nowruz.

Food plays a central role in the present-day form of the celebrations. In most parts of Iran the extended family come together and enjoy a fine dinner. A wide variety of fruits and sweetmeats specifically prepared or kept for this night are served. Foods common to the celebration include watermelon, pomegranate, nuts, and dried fruit. These items and more are commonly placed on a korsi, which people sit around. In some areas it is custom that forty varieties of edibles should be served during the ceremony of the night of Chelleh.

There are many resources online if you want to learn and read more about what this night means. Go to Wikipedia page

This year, Iranian Student Association and the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University is hosting an event to celebrate Yalda Night. Join us at this event and have a Persian night with your friends and family.


Starring Aida Shahghasemi and Saeed Hashemi
Aida Shahghasemi is a musician based in Minneapolis. Her work is often minimal, sang in Persian, and mostly inspired by words. Visit her Facebook page to see her work: Aida Shahghasemi




Starring ****DJ PS**** of Radio Javan



Prices:
(prices do not include processing fee)
Pitt/CMU Students: $15
Pitt/CMU guest (1 per student): $20
Student other than Pitt/CMU: $20
General Admission: $30

Early bird ticket selling will end by 11:59 pm Dec. 8th.

PARKING: CMU's parking is available and free

6:30 - 7:45 pm : Check-in
7:45 - 8:00 pm : Opening
8:00 - 9:00 pm : Music by Aida and Saeed
9:00 - 9:30 pm : Refreshments
9:30 - 11:30 pm : Dance party with DJ PS

*****PLEASE KEEP IN MIND*****

1) If you are buying any of the discounted tickets, you must purchase it with your university email address. Otherwise, you will be charged the difference at the door.

2) Current postdoc researchers, medical residents, UPMC students, researchers, fellows or residents are not eligible for PITT/CMU student tickets. They may purchase the "OTHER STUDENT" tickets.

3) Current faculty members are not eligible for student tickets. They may purchase the "GENERAL" tickets.

4) All students must have their valid Student ID with them on the day of the event in order to get checked in.


For any questions or concerns, please contact us at: admin@iraniansptgh.com
Or send us a message on our facebook page: ISAPittsburgh
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