About Tirgan

Celebrating Tirgan, an ancient Iranian festival

Tirgan 2011 – with the theme of 'Visions of Eternity’ – takes many years of invaluable experience to new heights as it commemorates Tirgan, an ancient Iranian celebration observed in the month of July (the month of Tir in the Persian calendar).

There are many legends on the origins of Tirgan. One legend describes that Iran and Turan, two long standing enemies, decided to declare peace by demarcating the boundaries between the two empires. Arash, the best archer in the Iranian army, was chosen to ascend Mount Damavand to shoot an arrow whose landing location would determine the boundary. The arrow flew from dawn to noon and fell on the banks of Jihun, and the boundaries of Iran expanded beyond all expectations.

This led to Tirgan festivities and contributed to enhancing the richness of the Iranian culture over the course of three millennia. Today, Iran’s population is composed of over fifteen different ethnic groups with their own dialect or language, outfit, music, dance, and cuisine.

After a successful appearance during its 2008 summer event in Toronto, Tirgan has geared efforts in organizing yet another extraordinary celebration of Iranian culture and Canadian diversity, once again in Toronto, in July 2011. Tirgan is built upon the contribution of over 300 young volunteers, who have worked side by side to contribute to the diverse cultural mosaic of the Canadian society, by promoting a cross-cultural dialogue and understanding between the Iranian community and the community at large.

Tirgan 2011 will present Iranian art and culture through a four-day festival in Toronto – a city that rightfully prides itself in welcoming diversity. We are making a deliberate effort to include contributions from various ethnic groups in Iran in as many artistic and cultural disciplines as possible, showcasing internationally acclaimed as well as local artists and performers of Iranian descent, who celebrate Iranian heritage through music, dance, theatre, cinema, literature, and visual arts. Tirgan also features Iranian cuisine and special arts and crafts presentations made available by vendor kiosks. This is going to be an engaging, educating, and entertaining experience for a wide range of audiences. 

We are extremely excited to share our rich heritage with the young Iranian generation, and all Iranian and non-Iranian visitors from various countries around the world who will participate in Tirgan 2011 during the days of the event in July 2011.

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