Officials called on Iranian to celebrate virtual Yalda Night

The spokesman of the National Task Force against Coronavirus, Alireza Raisi announced that it is not supposed to set December 19 and 20 as public holidays; only a partial curfew for cars from 6 pm to 9 pm will be discussed at the National Headquarters of Administrating Coronavirus meeting to prevent Yalda night parties.

Iran (IMNA) - "We urge people to avoid family gatherings on Yalda night, because holding the celebration with many people in attendance may make our efforts go for nothing in recent weeks," he noted.

The spokesman of the National Task Force against Coronavirus, Alireza Raisi announced that it is not supposed to set December 19 and 20 as public holidays; only a partial curfew for cars from 6 pm to 9 pm will be discussed at the National Headquarters of Administrating Coronavirus meeting to prevent Yalda night parties.

"We should all note that providing instruction is not enough. Wearing mask, hand washing or social distancing alone are not enough. All of the guidelines each have an effect and must be put together to save us from the virus; especially during winter when people are locked in their room to stay warm and the air conditioning quality may not be suitable," President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday at the National Task Force against Coronavirus meeting.

Approaching the popular ancient festival of the winter solstice on December 20, Shab-e Yalda, Iranian health officials have been urging people to celebrate the festival virtually instead of having the usual family gatherings.

On the night of Yalda, Iranian families hold large gatherings preparing a special table designed with red foods and fruits such as pomegranates, watermelon and cooked beetroot, as well as nuts and sweets, and recite the poems of Hafez and Ferdowsi to keep the traditions of their ancestors.

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