mehregan Festival 2018 San Diego

Mehregan Festival 2018 San Diego

Mehregan Festival 2018 San Diego

Mehregan Festival 2018 San Diego, CA | Saturday, October 13th, 2018  Start 7 PM

San Diego
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With Mohsen Namjoo live in San Diego

  • Annual Fundraising for the benefit of Arts of Iran at the San Diego Museum of Art.
  • Mohsen Namjoo will perform along with his full band including Drums, Bass, and Guitar at 7 pm
  • VIP tickets include a meet & greet session with artist and access to Arts of Iran
  • museum grand floor exhibits at 6 o’clock museum Rotunda.
  • PCC & SDMA members, please look for $5 discount code in PCC weekly newsletter
  • Please contact the organizer for latest event info.
  • is not responsible for any changes made in the event information. 
  • Museum Of Art San Diego, Copley Auditorium 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92102

Information about the festival Managment :

According to The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Zoroastrianism (2015), it was originally a feast honoring the Zoroastrian Angel Mithra. By the 4th century BCE, it was observed as one of the name-day feasts, a form it retains in today. Still, in a predominantly Muslim Iran, it is one of the two pre-Islamic festivals that continue to be celebrated by the public at large: Mehrgān, dedicated to Mithra (modern Mehr), and Tirgan, dedicated to Tishtrya (modern Tir).

Name-day feasts are festivals celebrated on the day of the year when the day-name and month-name dedicated to a particular angle or virtue intersect. The Mehr day in the Mehr month corresponded to the day farmers harvested their crops. They thus also celebrated the fact God had given them food to survive the coming cold months.

Mehregan Festival 2018 San Diego

Irrespective of which calendar is observed, Mehrgān falls on the 196th day of the calendar year. For details on how this date is calculated, see the basis for the date, below. For calendars that have March 21 as Nowruz or New Year’s Day (i.e. in the Fasili and Bastani variants of the Zoroastrian calendar as well as in the Iranian civil calendar), Mehrgān falls on October 2. For the Shahanshahi variant of the Zoroastrian calendar, which is 2006–2007 has New Year’s Day on August 20, Mehrgān fell on March 3 of the following Gregorian year. For the Kadmi variant, which has New Year’s Day 30 days earlier, Mehrgān falls on February 1.

In al-Biruni’s eleventh-century Book of Instructions in the Elements of the Art of Astrology (233), the astronomer observed that “some people have given the preference to Mihragān [over Nowruz, i.e. New Year’s day/Spring Equinox] by as much as they prefer autumn to spring.”

Mehregan Festival 2018 San Diego

As Biruni also does for the other festival days he mentions, he reiterates a local anecdotal association for his description of Mehrgan (ha al-Mirjana in the author’s Arabic parlance) with a fragment of a tale from Iranian folklore: On this day, Fereydun vanquished the evil Zahhak and confined him to Mount Damavand. This fragment of the legend is part of a greater cycle that ties Mehrgan with Nowruz; Dahak vanquished Jamshid (who the legends have as the one establishing Nowruz or New Year’s Day), and Fereydun vanquishes Dahak, so restoring the balance. The association of Mehrgan with the polarity of spring/autumn, sowing/harvest, and the birth/rebirth cycle did not escape Biruni either, for as he noted, “they consider Mihragān as a sign of resurrection and the end of the world, because at Mihragān that which grows reaches perfection.

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