yalda Performance

Iranians have celebrated the longest night of year with elder members of their family for centuries. They eat nuts, watermelon and pomegranate during this particular night and have their fortune told by Hafez’s collection of poems. According to the custom of fortunetelling, she did this performance on the occasion of celebrating the longest night of year in the inauguration of Farhangan-e Gharib bookshop in front of the masters of Persian contemporary literature. In this performance we had our fortune told by the contemporary literary texts rather than the traditional collection of Hafez’s ghazals. She offered her own surreal and satiric interpretation of such texts for the audience. At the end, each of the masters recited a verse or a qazal of Hafez in recognition of the tradition of reciting Hafez’s ghazals in Yalda.