Wednesday, October 12, 2005

20th of Mehr

Having spent the last two hours searching the most popular “Iranian” websites, including those of the self-styled “opposition”, I have yet to find some mention of the most important anniversary in the Iranian calendar: 20th of Mehr. The date is recognized as the anniversary of the founding of the Iranian (Persian) Empire.

If you had any doubts about the extent to which those of us living abroad have lost our sense of national and historical identity---i.e. Have become non-Iranians---this single omission alone should reasonably suffice to put those doubts to rest.

Incidentally, is there a contradiction between wanting to save Passargod from going under water and not knowing or caring about the 20th of Mehr?

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20th of Mehr also marks the establishment of the tomb of Ferdowsi in Toos by Reza Shah Pahlavi, and a weeklong millennial celebration of our greatest poet throughout Iran on October 12, 1934.

To read one of the latest attacks against Reza Shah for his advocacy of Iranian identity and culture, go HERE!

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