The Origin of Yalda - Ali Jafarey
Climate and seasons have greatly governed animal behavior since the beginning of life on this planet. Survival, search for food, storage, shelter, hibernation, migration, and many activities have depended on the change of seasons. Man is an animal and his life has all along been subject to seasonal changes.
Zayeshmehr* which is known as Yalda and Shab-e Cheleh in Persian is celebrated on the eve of the first day of the winter (December 21-22) in the Iranian calendar, which falls on the Winter Solstice and forty days before the next major Iranian festival "Jashn-e Sadeh (fire festival)".
Month of Mithra (AGZ)
From friendship with the Immortal Gods to the stewardship of the entire Creation, and the worship of the sun, moon, fire and waters
Mehregan Thanksgiving Festival
Mehregan is one of the two most ancient Iranian festivals known, dating back at least as far as the earliest Aryans
Zoroastrians get particularly festive during the period of Khordad Sal. Khordad Sal can be likened to the Christian holiday of Christmas as it celebrates the birth of their prophet.
Welcome to Nowruz
A new beginning
A fresh awakening
To the joy of living,
The beauty of nature,
A cascade of colours,
Flowers, trees and grass.
This is a special time
The renewal of nature.
The green leaves on the trees
The many coloured flowers
The songs of the birds
And the warmth of the sun
The six agricultural festivals of ancient Persia
Zarathushtra lived in an agrarian society so it is natural that farmers and those who toiled the soil were honoured and major festivals revolved around seasonal activities such as sowing and harvesting.
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