IACA Mehregan Party!
Join the Iranian American Cultural Association's Mehregan Celebration
on Saturday, September 25, 1999, from 7:00 pm -1:00 am at the McLean Hilton
(7920 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA, Tel: 703-847-5000)
As summer days fade and we receive autumn's bountiful harvest, we all
have much to celebrate! How to Get Your Tickets: Tickets are available
in advance at $30.00 for members and $40.00 for non-members. To reserve
tickets, you may either:
1. Send an e-mail to email@example.com;
2. Call the IACA voice mail at 301-656-IACA;
3. Send payments to IACA, P.O. Box 71171, Chevy Chase, MD 20183-1171.
Your reservation request must include: your name, home and e-mail addresses,
day and evening telephone, number of tickets requested (for members and
non-members), and the names of any guests. Your payment must be recieved
by Monday, 20 September 1999 to secure your reservations. Mehregan, The
Persian Autumnal Festival:
* Persians have honored Mehregan throughout the ages. Mehregan falls
around 2 October, marking the seasonal shift from the summer's warmth and
sunshine to the autumn's cool and soothing breezes.
* Thousands of years ago, a pastoral people calling themselves "Aryans"
-- meaning "noble" -- inhabited the high and low lands of Central
Asia, revering a multitude of gods and goddesses. Among these was Mithra,
the god of covenant. As the Aryans bequeathed to the world the roots of
Persian civilization, Mithra came to represent light or Mehr, because pastoral
life begins at dawn. The Zoroastrian calendar reform did not alter the
timing of the Persians' celebration of the autumnal equinox. While ushering
in an era of monotheism, the Zoroastrians adapted the Mithraist tradition.
* Mehregan survived and flourished as the Mithraists moved to the Mediterranean
region and the Zoroastrians moved to the Indian subcontinent. Today, Iranians
of all faiths, heirs to ancient Persian civilization, enjoy family gatherings
and parties during Mehregan. Observers symbolically decorate their tables
with a fire lantern or incense burner, the ancient holy book Khordad Avesteh
and/or other spiritual texts, a mirror for self-reflection, water as the
source of life, and flowers, fruits, grains, sweets, wines, and coins for
prosperity. Prayers and poems are recited to praise Mithra. And modern-day
revelers enjoy the delicacies of Iranian cuisine and the rhythms of Iranian
We look forward to seeing you for Mehregan!