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Celebration of Sun's Birthday

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

In ancient Persia, every day of the month was called by a particular name and the occasions on which the names of the day and month coincided were celebrated.

The 10th day of the 8th month of the solar year known as Aban (waters) called 'Abangan' and the 16th day of the 7th month known as Mehr (sun, kindness) called Mehrgan were two of such annual festivals observed by the Iranians, which are still popular among Zoroastrians.

In old days, the year was divided into two seasons: summer consisting of 7 months called 'hama' and winter comprising of five months called 'zayana'. Nowruz marked the revival of nature and beginning of the cultivation and Mehrgan designated the arrival of harvesting season when the sun enters Libra.

It is believed that the Sun appeared on the 16th day of the 7th month of the solar year, therefore the day was called Mehrgan According to a Belgian Historian and Archaeologist Franz Cumont, in ancient Rome the day was taken as the birthday of the insurmountable Sun and was called 'Sol-Natalis-Invecti'. However, the festival was later transferred to Dec. 25 and after promotion of the Christian faith in Europe it was called the birthday of Jesus Christ. Thus the Christmas Day is rooted in the Persians Mehrgan Mehrgan is observed by Zoroastrians nationwide both in urban and rural areas. They get prepared for the occasion by cleaning up their houses. On this day, they gather at fire temples, where they enjoy traditional dishes and the occasion is celebrated by singing songs, dancing and reciting poems.

Similar to Nowruz on this day seven types of fruit including apple, pomegranate, quince, white grape, fig, persimmon and hawthorn plus seven dried fruits including walnut, pistachio, almond, dried berry, peanut and hazelnut as well as a type of stew made of cereals such as wheat, barley and pea are set on the table.

Besides, a bowl of water, rose water, coins, flowers, a mirror, candies and a special type of cake called `Lorg' are among the basic items. The table is also decorated by a branch of cypress tree, aloe, the extract of `haoma' (sacred plant) mixed with milk are also some of the basic items.











In ancient Persia, every day of the month was called by a particular name and the occasions on which the names of the day and month coincided were celebrated.

The 10th day of the 8th month of the solar year known as Aban (waters) called 'Abangan' and the 16th day of the 7th month known as Mehr (sun, kindness) called Mehrgan were two of such annual festivals observed by the Iranians, which are still popular among Zoroastrians.

In old days, the year was divided into two seasons: summer consisting of 7 months called 'hama' and winter comprising of five months called 'zayana'. Nowruz marked the revival of nature and beginning of the cultivation and Mehrgan designated the arrival of harvesting season when the sun enters Libra.

It is believed that the Sun appeared on the 16th day of the 7th month of the solar year, therefore the day was called Mehrgan According to a Belgian Historian and Archaeologist Franz Cumont, in ancient Rome the day was taken as the birthday of the insurmountable Sun and was called 'Sol-Natalis-Invecti'. However, the festival was later transferred to Dec. 25 and after promotion of the Christian faith in Europe it was called the birthday of Jesus Christ. Thus the Christmas Day is rooted in the Persians Mehrgan Mehrgan is observed by Zoroastrians nationwide both in urban and rural areas. They get prepared for the occasion by cleaning up their houses. On this day, they gather at fire temples, where they enjoy traditional dishes and the occasion is celebrated by singing songs, dancing and reciting poems.

Similar to Nowruz on this day seven types of fruit including apple, pomegranate, quince, white grape, fig, persimmon and hawthorn plus seven dried fruits including walnut, pistachio, almond, dried berry, peanut and hazelnut as well as a type of stew made of cereals such as wheat, barley and pea are set on the table.

Besides, a bowl of water, rose water, coins, flowers, a mirror, candies and a special type of cake called `Lorg' are among the basic items. The table is also decorated by a branch of cypress tree, aloe, the extract of `haoma' (sacred plant) mixed with milk are also some of the basic items.

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