With the help of fun graphics and postage stamps on this poster, kids and adults of all ages can learn about the science and festival of winter solstice and its significance for peoples of West & Central Asia: Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Kurdistan!
In the Northern Hemisphere, the Winter Solstice occurs when the North Pole is tilted furthest away from the Sun (around 21-22 December). Winter Solstice or the return of the sun is celebrated in many cultures across the world. In Iran and Central Asia, it is called "Yalda."
Afghans, Iranians, and Tajiks (Persian-speaking peoples) plus Azeris, Kurds and Turkmen celebrate Yalda by spending the longest night of the year cozying up around a KORSI (Kotatsu in Japanese), reading poems by Hafez, hearing stories about the triumph of good over evil by grandparents, and eating the last fruits of the harvest, namely watermelon, pomegranate & mixed nuts (ājeel).