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Mehregan, Persian Harvest Festival: Orange County Fair October 2-3, 2004

IRVINE, CA, September 15, 2004 - The Network of Iranian-American Professionals of Orange County (NIPOC) on behalf of the Southern California based Persian Community announces that Mehregan, the Persian Harvest Festival, will be celebrated on Saturday October 2 and Sunday October 3, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the at the Orange County Fair & Exposition Center, 88 Fair Drive Costa Mesa, CA 92626

The 9th annual event celebrates Persian culture with music, dance, artwork, crafts, traditional Persian cuisine, Traditional Tea House, and costumes. The front gate at the festival, designed to evoke Persepolis, the capital of the Persian Empire will greet the expected crowd of over 20,000. The festival represents Iranian Americans' interest in their heritage and commitment to share that heritage with the community.

Iranian Americans pride themselves on maintaining a commitment to education, business and social causes in the tightly woven community of over 500,000 in Orange and Los Angeles counties. They have strong cultural connections and a strong value system.

Mehregan (pronounced 'meh-re-gahn'), is celebration of nature from ancient Persian Goddess Mehr, the spirit of love, knowledge and commitment.


The Festival of Mehregan is one of the oldest Persian celebrations dating back to several millennia ago. In the opening ceremonies, you will travel back to 1500 years ago and depict this festival in the style that was celebrated during the Sassanian era. The style of costumes, make-up of the actors and the stage decorations are all an authentic portrayal of that era. This includes various presentations of folkloric dances and music of different regions of Iran, This extraordinary theatrical production will be performed on both days of the festival at 4:30 PM.

This festival is organized by the Persian Community Volunteers of Southern California as a non-profit event. Hundreds of people in the county's large Persian community volunteer their time and talents to bring Orange County the sights, sounds and tastes of ancient Persia and modern Iran. Further information is available at or by calling (949) 851-3993.

Media Contact: Dr. Hossein Hosseini (714) 674-8528

NIPOC, 2182 Dupont Drive Suite 22 Irvine, CA 92612-1360

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