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Yalda: A Celebration of Light

December 22, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for ancient Iranic rituals celebrating Yalda (winter solstice), the longest night of the year and the birth of Mithra.

Shab-e Yalda (Yalda Night) is the Persian Winter Solstice Celebration on the eve of the Winter Solstice. The Persians believed that this night is the night of the birth of Ahura Mazda and Mithra, Persian God of Light and Truth. He was born on the morning of the longest night of the year.

This outside gathering will be accompanied by sacred sounds and music, poetry reading, Zoroastrian mantras and prayers, ancient Zoroastrian blessing rituals, Persian mystical dance, and light Yalda treats!

We will be meeting at the gazebo of Oak Meadow Park, Los Gatos. When you arrive please be considerate and find a place on the picnic tables nearby to put your belongings rather than on the floor of the gazebo.

Farima Berenji

Magi (Ancient Iranic Shamanic Master), Dervish and Sufi Dance Master.

Farima is an award winning, internationally acclaimed performing artist, instructor, dance ethnologist, and archeologist. Recognized as one of few world experts and scholars of Persian dance history, Farima infuses spirituality into her dance and teachings to impassion, empower, and inspire. A Dervish and travels worldwide to research, perform, teach, and inspire dynamic creativity and rejuvenation through dance. Farima is founder and artistic director of the Simorgh Dance Collective, a member of the International Dance Council (CID-UNESCO), and a 2018 TEDx lecturer.


December 22, 2018
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Event Category:


Farima Dance


Oak Meadow Park Gazebo
233 Blossom Hill Rd.
Los Gatos, CA 95032 United States
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(408) 354-6834