An Iranian mendicant stands at a bazaar during preparations for Yalda night in northern Tehran
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An Iranian mendicant stands at a bazaar during preparations for Yalda night in northern Tehran December 21, 2010. Yalda Night is an Iranian festival originally celebrated on the last night of autumn, the longest night of the year in the northern hemisphere. Many Iranian families hold parties or visit traditional tea houses during the festival, where they eat dried nuts and fruit while reading poems by the revered Iranian poet Hafez. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (IRAN - Tags: SOCIETY)