On the eve of the first day of winter, the winter solstice, sometime between December 21 and 22, a Persian nocturnal celebration will be celebrated in Iran. It is commonly known as 'Yalda' (Night of Birth), or 'Shab-e Chelle', for 'chelle' meaning 40, and Yalda celebration takes place 40 days prior to the Zoroastrian fire festival of Sadeh, according to the Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies.
A lineup of religious theatrical performances (Tazieh) will go on stage across Iran in the coming weeks to commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of the third Imam of the Shi'a, Imam Hussein (AS), and his companions.
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