Different areas in Iran have witnessed the first snowfalls during the 2016-2017 winter season.
Snow has covered landscapes in different Iranian cities and villages, growing up to 30 cm in some areas.
The snowfalls coincided with Yalda Night celebrations inside and outside the country, marking the start of winter.
Yalda is the name by which the longest night of the year is known in Iran. Iranians mark the end of autumn and the advent of winter in one of the most celebrated national events.
As per tradition, Iranian families get together in the houses of their elderly relatives, most often grandfathers and grandmothers, and spend the better part of the night socializing and feasting on the occasion’s special delicacies.
Winter is also an opportunity for Iranian snow sports enthusiasts to head to ski resorts and benefit from the different winter activities.