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    Buttrock Flashaholic Holiday - Shab-e Yalda

    An Iranian friend introduced me to a holiday in Iran known as Shab-e Yalda.


    In most ancient cultures, including Iran, the start of the solar year has been marked to celebrate the victory of light over darkness and the renewal of the Sun.

    The last day of the Iranian month of "Āzar" (November-December) is the longest night of the year, when the forces of Ahriman (darkness) are assumed to be at their peak.

    While the next day, the first day of the month of "Dey" known as "Khorram rūz" or "Khur rūz" (the day of
    the sun) belongs to the creator, Ahura Mazda (the Lord of Wisdom).

    Since the days are getting longer and the nights shorter, this day marks the victory of the sun over darkness, and goodness over evil. The occasion was
    celebrated in the festival of "Deygān" dedicated to Ahura Mazda, on the first day of the month of "Dey" (December-January)


    So, I'm thinking about this...and it occurs to me that this is OUR holiday too. How could we NOT celebrate the Longest Night of the Year?




    So, if possible, Flashaholics should gather on Shab-e Yalda, and party the night away. (Dec 21 IIRC)

    Whatcha Think?

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    Default Re: Flashaholic Holiday - Shab-e Yalda

    It has already been agreed that the winter solstice is international flashlight day, but you bring an interesting point that should be mentioned more often:

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    Default Re: Flashaholic Holiday - Shab-e Yalda

    OK then, that works out well then.

    We celebrate the victory of light over darkness daily...but THIS day would be OUR holy day.


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    Default Re: Flashaholic Holiday - Shab-e Yalda

    Quote Originally Posted by TEEJ View Post



    So, if possible, Flashaholics should gather on Shab-e Yalda, and party the night away. (Dec 21 IIRC)

    Whatcha Think?

    December 21st is the Winter Solstice... which as has already been mentioned is already international flashlight day. So um... forgive my 'stuck-on-dumbness'... but isn't what you are proposing already covered and thus redundant?

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    Default Re: Flashaholic Holiday - Shab-e Yalda

    Its probably my dumbness that's at the core of the issue, as I didn't know there was already a flashlight day...I only found the forum recently, and you people are really the only ones I talk about this stuff with.

    I thought I invented the concept.


    Oh, well, I'll go see if I can invent something useful, maybe the wheel or something...


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    The wheel? Now you may be onto something with that!

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    It's been said that February 18 is also a very important day. It's been designated as National Battery Day (I suppose in all nations that will accept it).

    February 18 seems especially suitable, since Alessandro Volta, the one often designated the inventor of the voltaic cell, was born on that day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Empath View Post
    February 18 seems especially suitable, since Alessandro Volta, the one often designated the inventor of the voltaic cell, was born on that day.
    Now there's something to get AMPed about.

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    Default Re: Flashaholic Holiday - Shab-e Yalda

    Quote Originally Posted by Empath View Post
    It's been said that February 18 is also a very important day. It's been designated as National Battery Day (I suppose in all nations that will accept it).

    February 18 seems especially suitable, since Alessandro Volta, the one often designated the inventor of the voltaic cell, was born on that day.
    DAMN! Didn't know that one. Less than 24 hours left to prepare my trimestrial battery maintenance day in celebration... might as well throw in a quick flashlight maintenance day to top it off and I also have a knife that's due for cleaning/sharpening. On top of it all, I'm working on a project directly related to flashlights...Busy weekend!
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