Persian Culture & History

Mehregan Festival

Mehregan Festival

By Mason Balouchian

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After Noruz, Mehregan is the most important Persian Festival. The word  Mehr refers to the Sun, Love and Friendship. This festival begins about Oct. the 7th and continues for six days. Since at this time of the year farmers start gathering their crops, Mehregan has been attributed to farmer’s festivity and thanksgiving for the harvest when and food they store for the cold season. It is also said that on this day Fereydun, the legendary king of Iran vanquished Dahaka, the mythological devil, and imprisoned him in Mount Damavand. Whatever the origin, Mehregan is celebrated for love, life, thanksgiving and happiness.

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