This past weekend was the 11th
Annual Mehregan Festival in
We rented a car from
At 9am on Saturday morning (Sept. 9th, 2006) we grabbed a quick bite to eat and headed to the Orange County Fairgrounds so that we wouldn't miss a thing. We started getting excited when we saw all the signs for the festival from when we got off the freeway. I started snapping pictures almost immediately. I wanted to capture all the excitement for everyone else who wasn't fortunate enough to make it to this event.
Once we paid for our tickets and
stepped inside, we were greeted by the beautiful decorations signifying the
Persian Festival of Mehregan. There
were make shift versions of the
There was an area where different artists had their art for display and sale. Inside the exhibition hall were all the different merchants, publications, professional services, advertising their products and talents. There were four different stages for music and dance performances. It was really hard to try to see everything. Although I tried, thanks to comfortable shoes so I can run from one stage to another, but I know that I definitely missed a lot.
There was one performance area where
it was mainly for kids with several tents catering only to the little ones or
the playful adults! One stage had
more traditional music and or more oldies style music; the seating at this stage
was really nostalgic too since it was set up with beds and rugs over them just
like "Darakeh" or other similar fun places. The MC at this one was hilarious since
in between performances he would tell jokes, making fun of almost all the
different people of
At the stage that was more in the center of the park, there was mostly dance performances. The main concert stage didn't start till almost sun down and it showcased the newer musicians and pop groups. There was also a tent that was set up like a night club where old and young were dancing to the newest Persian Hits.
Lastly there was the food, you could almost get anything your heart desired. Unfortunately I didn't eat much because I was afraid that I would miss something. But I did see the corn on the Cobs, Aash, Kabobs, rose water ice creams, etc being devoured by people around me; thanks to our taarof tradition; I did sample a few things while on the go.
Most of the photos I took are self-explanatory, but if you have any questions, please email me and I would be more than happy to explain! (see all my photos)
I had a great time, and I hope to
be able to go to this Festival every year.
When we got back to our hotel, I passed out from exhaustion and then we
headed back home the next day through the fires on Highway 5. For anyone planning to go next year, I
recommend that you plan to go both days, so you can relax and have ample time to
take everything in. For those of
you who live outside of
I just want to say Khasteh Nabashin to the NIPOC organizers and Volunteers. Thank you for such a fun and informative event.
About Mehregan: http://www.nipoc.org/mehregan/Mehregan_Detail_2006.htm#1
About NIPOC: http://www.nipoc.org/faq.htm
About the Festival: http://www.nipoc.org/mehregan/Mehregan_Detail_2006.htm
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