Yalda Night Traditional Cuisines & Snacks
At Yalda Night, many
& snacks are prepared to accommodate guests. Sometimes these are tourist guests who have traveled to Iran for Yalda night or sometimes they may be family members. Yalda catering should be special but simple. Of course, the type of food and snack is varied in Iranian cities. Pomegranates and watermelons are an integral part of Yalda carting, there are People who believe that these two fruits have a lot of seeds, hence are considered as symbols of fertility and blessing.
In Fars province, people prepare food based on body temperaments, Ranginak, which is made of dates and fried flour in utter, dates for those who are warm-tempered and watermelons and some nuts for those who are cold-tempered.
In Kermanshah province they eat red pomegranates, yellow lemons, red apples and watermelons and believe these fruits are symbols of the sun's heat. At Kermanshah’s Yalda Night, we'll see sweets like Basluq, Kaak, and rice bread.
In the province of Kurdistan, In Yalda Night foods served with sangak bread made also various
such as cabbage, leaf vine, pepper, eggplant. These dishes are very tasty. These Kurdish foods and delights make Yalda Night more beautiful for dear Iranian Kurds.
In Qazvin province, for Yalda night, they first visit the elderly, where they begin to eat the Shab-chare (dried fruit and nuts) and snacks like figs, walnuts, raisins. The delicious food of the people of Qazvin at Yalda night is Sabzi polo with smoked fish which is very tasty.
In Gilan province, the melon will be provided along with other
, and it is believed that every one eats watermelon at Yalda night does not feel thirsty in summer and will not feel the cold in the winter.
In the provinces of Azerbaijan, it is customary for families to gather at Yalda Night and spend the night together. Watermelons, pomegranates, oranges, nuts, fish, etc. are some of the foods that are common in Azerbaijan province.
The Yalda Khonche is one of the obligatory traditions of Yalda night in most cities of Iran. The khonche refers to be a large tray carrying gifts from the groom to bride, which nowadays it is called simply the Yalda bridal gift. It is a tradition that for the first Yalda of a young couple the groom’s family decorate watermelon and pomegranates for the bride along with other gifts.
On this night relatives of the groom usually bring gifts and offerings, including winter clothing and shoes as gifts, to the bride's father's home and dine with them. They also give a gift to the groom.
It can be said that by celebrating the longest night of the year, we are welcoming the winter and enjoying this long night.