Fresno Islamic Center to Host Shab-E Yalda, Iranian Solstice Storytelling Event
The Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno will host a livestreaming event on Wednesday of the 10th annual Shab-E Yalda, an Iranian storytelling tradition that marks the winter solstice and longest night of the year.
The presentation by the Farhang Foundation will star Gordafarid, the first female Iranian “Naqqal” (traditional epic storyteller) of Ferdowsi’s “Shahnameh” (The Epic Book of Kings).
The presentation, which is open to the public, will be streamed on the large screen in the main hall at ICCF, 2111 E. Nees Ave. in northeast Fresno. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and the livestream will begin at 6 p.m.
The foundation’s website says Gordafarid “has excelled in performing the traditional narration of the Persian epic stories (Naqqali) since 1998. She has continued her research through the meticulous collection of narratives from all over Iran. She has also patiently followed the footsteps of old masters of this ancient dramatic art.”