Tajik capital to host events to celebrate Mehrgon festival on October 18

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A rice trade show will be organized on the occasion of the Mehrgon festival. The event is organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Dushanbe Administration.

 

Besides, an exhibition of farm produce and handicraft items will be held in the park. Farmers from all regions of the country are expected to participate in the exhibition of farm produce, putting on display their achievements.

 

Last year, the main events to celebrate Mehrgon festival took place in Dushanbe’s Boghi Iram (Park of Heaven) on October 19.

 

Tajik government adopted a decree on revival of Mehrgon festival in 2009.

 

Mehrgon is one of the two most ancient Iranian festivals known, dating back at least as far as the earliest Aryans (Iranians).

 

The word “Mehr” in the Persian language means kindness. Mehr represents knowledge, love, light and friendship.

 

Mehrgon is an Iranian festival celebrated in honor of Mithra, the divinity of covenant, and hence of interpersonal relationships such as friendship, affection and love.

 

There are many accounts about the origin of Mehrgon.

 

Avestan texts divide the Iranian year into two equal parts or seasons. The first season was summer and the second was winter. The coming of the two seasons would be celebrated through Navrouz and Mehrgon.

 

Today, Mehrgon remains a celebration involving family and friends. However, it is today recognized as a harvest festival.

 

Source: Asia Plus