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Tirgan Festival; celebration of Water Goddess' victory over the Evil of Drought

Tehran, IRNA - 49th UNESCO Netgap program entitled " Tirbad; the Tirgan ritual in Iran's history and culture", hosted by Iranian National Commission for UNESCO was held virually on Sunday night on the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO' s Instagram programme .

Tirgan is actually an ancient Persian summer festival which traditionally held on 13th of Tir (2, 3 or 4th of July). It is named Tirgan since the festival held in the 4th month of the Persian calendar named Tir.

The festival is still celebrated in different regions of Iran, including Mazandaran, Kerman, and Yazd provinces. The city of Farahan, near Arak in Markazi Province, is also the major center for celebrating Tirgan Festival.

Splashing water, dancing, singing the songs and wishing for ample rainfall are the main activities of Tirgan Festival. Serving traditional foods such as spinach soup and sholezard are also very common among people. This ceremony is also known as “Abrizan” or “Abpashan” means splashing water.

Tirgan Festival; celebration of Water Goddess' victory over the Evil of Drought
 The secretary-general of the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO Hojatollah Ayoubi

*** Iran is the cradle of Nowrouz

 The secretary-general of the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO Hojatollah Ayoubi said in this virtual Net Gap that the region's countries, unfortunately , have numerous differences in different aspects but are gathered together under some rituals such as Nowrouz.

These countries that are not ready to come together under any other pretexts, in the Nowrouz case, they come together, he added.

Ayoubi said that we are trying to revive other rituals which can revive the culture of Iran and the realm of great iranian civilization.

Tirgan Festival; celebration of Water Goddess' victory over the Evil of Drought

** The History of Tirgan Festival

The history of Tirgan dates back to the pre-Zoroastrian era, however, Zoroastrians continue celebrating this festival. It was a ritual to celebrate Tishter, the goddess of the rain.

In the Zoroastrian religion all the months, days of the weeks and month have a name. Whenever a month and a day with the same names coincided, people would celebrate that day. It is also true for the Tirgan Festival as it is celebrated on the thirteenth day of the month which both months and day are known as Tir.

Tirgan Festival; celebration of Water Goddess' victory over the Evil of Drought
Jaleh Amouzgar is an Iranologist and a university professor

*** Tirgan; Water Festivel in Iran from ancient times

An Iranologist and a university professor Jaleh Amouzgar too in this virtual net gap said that it is only culture that by wich,  nations can approach each other. The larger the culture , the less the wars becomes .

There are different legends about the origin of Tirgan Festival. One legend describes ancient Iranian myths in which a hero of Persian mythology called Arash the Archer settled a dispute between Iran and Turan by shooting an arrow that the landing location determined the boundary between two countries. 

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