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On the Occasion of Shab-e Yalda
The Great Seal of the United States - Statement by Spokesperson Matthew Miller

Statement by Spokesperson Matthew Miller on Shab-e Yalda.

December 22, 2023



DECEMBER 21, 2023

The Winter Solstice, or Shab-e Yalda as it is known to millions of people in Iran and the wider region, is an important night of celebration with friends and family on the longest night of the year. Tonight, the United States recognizes this rich and festive tradition, which dates back millennia.

Shab-e Yalda should be a joyful time. Unfortunately, the Iranian regime seeks to erase the Iranian people’s vibrant history by renaming Yalda and other ancient traditions. Meanwhile, the people of Iran continue to persevere in the face of human rights abuses and economic hardship brought on by the regime’s failed leadership. Yalda is a time for hope and a commemoration of the triumph of light over darkness. It is a reminder that despite these hardships, brighter days are ahead. The United States continues to stand with the people of Iran as they seek freedom, prosperity, and respect for their human rights.