Staying Up All Night on Iran’s Winter Solstice

By Rachel Louise Snyder |

In a ritual dating back to 600 B.C., families prepare feasts in the days before the longest night of the year. In the ancient tradition, they kept vigil all night during the Winter Solstice to make sure the sun reappeared as the days began to lengthen. Now, it’s an overnight family dinner full of eating and talking. And kids can ask any question they want to their relatives.

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