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Yalda night ( 20/21 December) celebrated in some countries such as Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan and etc.
The longest and darkest night of the year is a time when friends and family gather together to eat, drink and read poetry (especially Hafiz) 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.