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 Wider Mehregan Celebrations Next Year



07 October 2005


Mehregan, an ancient Iranian festival marking the autumn equinox (October 2), will be held more extensively from next year, according to a lawmaker Kurosh Niknam.

The MP’s pledge was good news for Zoroastrians who come from Shushtar, Arak, Ahvaz and Damavand to the Markar reception hall in Tehran Pars to celebrate the ancient festivity this year, reported CHN.

Niknam said that Markar reception hall is not large enough to host the large number of audience who were keen on taking part in the celebrations.
“Mehregan festival belongs to all Iranians and it is not proper to hold such an important event in a small hall,“ he said.

He said that the five-day celebrations are held in rural areas including the villages of Zinabad and Mobarekeh of Yazd province.

“It is sign of national interest in Iranian culture,“ he said. He hoped that Mehregan Feast would be held in a more spacious area to enable those interested in taking part in the event to do so.

He said that he wished to hold Mehregan as a festival by performing traditional music from each province, treating the participants to Persian delicacies and holding different exhibits about art and culture.

“Mehregan, which once used to have the same status as Norouz, is currently held on a smaller scale,“ he said.

Mehregan feast was held in Tehran, Kerman, Yazd and Shiraz. Non-Zoroastrians having special invitations could also attend the event.

Monk Ardeshir Khorshidban said that Zoroastrians are keen on holding Mehregan more magnificently, but, they have reservations about ’taking it as a propagation for their religion’.

He recalled that Mehregan was celebrated in Iran even before the advent of Zoroaster.

Sorour Farzaneh of the Zoroastrian Women’s Association said that Iranian expatriates in Sweden, US, Canada, Britain, Belgium, Germany, Austria and Australia celebrate Mehregan each year.

She noted that Iranian expatriates who want to come to Iran to see their relatives usually plan their visits at the time of Mehregan.

She said that the festival can become a major tourist attraction if it is held more extensively.



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