Welcome, winter!

Photo courtesy Ray Hennessy


     Freshta is not only a university student, but also works for two different news organizations in Kabul as a journalist, and helps care for her younger brother’s school studies.  Her days start early and end late at night, and so her taking time to write for us is very special.

I WANT to tell you about shab-e-yalda. This is the last night    of the fall season. Friends and families come together to read poems, play games and watch films. Both Afghans and Iranians celebrate this night as the longest night of the year.  It is a little like your Thanksgiving day.  We give thanks and say, “Welcome, winter!”  This year we had the most wonderful party at my grandmother’s home. It was a memory for all my life.  —Freshta

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