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9/15/06

3rd Annual Mehregan Festival in Los Angeles

 
Mehregan is a calling to bring Harmony, Rhythm, Joy, and Gratitude into our life and the life of others. Inspired by the richness of this tradition, Mehregan is being celebrated on October 7th at Golden Bridge Yoga center at West Hollywood. Through Music, dance, Yoga and mediation we hope to bring back the spirit of this healing tradition.


3rd Annual Mehregan Festival
Saturday, October 7, 2006
7:00pm-12:00am

Place:
Golden Bridge Yoga, 6322 De Longpre Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90028.

Registration: Please visit www.goldenbridgeyoga.com
or contact (323) 936-4172 for more information.
Parking:
Across the street at Arclight. 2 hours for $1.50 with validation.

Program:
An unforgettable evening of meditation, music, dancing, and dinning.

Yoga:
Become intoxicated by your own breath as Gurmukh Khalsa, the acclaimed Kundalini yoga teacher leads a special Kundalini set
Music:
Mehregan Ensemble featuring the mesmerizing voice of Mamak will elevate your soul as it moves your body. The arrangements include a sophisticated blend of Greek, Armenian, Turkish, and Persian melodies with the mystical poetry of Rumi.
Meditation:
A special Mehregan meditation and chanting presented by Mamak Khadem and Hessam Saddat based on Rumi's poetry invoking the power of collective imagination to create harmony, peace and prosperity for all.
Dance:
Groove till midnight to the beats of Tej Gill and surprise performers
Art :
Original paintings by Firouzeh Neman,  Photography exhibition of Persepolis by Haleh Rassouli and an exquisite presentation of original jewelry inspired by ancient art
Dining:
Feast on exotic fusion vegetarian cuisine prepared from the season's harvest by the best culinary home chefs of the community.
Dress Code:
Ethnic or colorful, creative, graceful, and comfortable clothing. No Black. Be prepared to take your shoes off, sit on the floor, engage in meditation and dance the evening away.
Tickets:
all the above for $45.00.
Please remember to bring cushions. Arrive on time to dine and socialize between 7:00pm-8:30pm. In consideration of participants, late arrivals will not be admitted during meditation.
Mehregan is sponsored by the International Children's Book Foundation (ICBF)

MEHREGAN has been celebrated by Iranians since the Achaemanian period, around 550 B.C.  While other civilizations adopted elaborate festivities to commemorate the fall harvest, early Iranians, tied this ritual to honoring Mehr or Mithra, an ancient deity and a symbol of the fusion between opposites.

The Iranian calendar is based on the solar cycle with the months corresponding to constellations and named after the signs of the zodiac. Within one month there were twelve days in which the name of the day coincided with the name of the month, that day was celebrated and special events were organized. The sixteenth day (Mehr-Ruz) of the seventh month (Mehr) was the feast of Mehregan and was celebrated with as much if not more splendor as Norouz, which marks the Iranian New Year.

Celebrations played a major role in the life of ancient Iranians. Long ago, much of life was dictated by seasonal changes and the perception of time was cyclical rather than linear. The passage of the earth around the sun was revered as was the natural rhythms of life. Norouz, at the time of the spring equinox, announced the start of the warmer months, while MEHREGAN at the time of the autumnal equinox announced the start of the colder months.

One should view MEHREGAN not as an exclusively Iranian concept, but as a universal way of life that symbolizes unity and harmony. This philosophical pathway followed by many Iranians and non-Iranians alike, including the great Rumi, has the potential to end division in its pursuit of light and togetherness. In the spirit of Mithra, it is a time to bridge the gap between opposing forces, between light and dark, so that peace can be sustained.
Celebrating MEHREGAN, allows us to pause from the demands of modern life in order to invoke the energy of the earth and behold its abundant offerings: the beauty of a crimson apple, the exquisiteness of a pomegranate, the tartness of cranberries, the medicinal value of herbs, the miracle of the cycle that rotates uninterrupted through the astrological wheel from fall to winter to spring to summer.

Although MEHREGAN as a tradition has faded away, it is time to revive its spirit, to harvest its treasure and cultivate its seeds so that it may burgeon and proliferate, for ultimately, what we are harvesting is the very seed of our existence.
 

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