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Submitted by Aria (United Kingdom), Feb 22, 2011 at 20:01

While Mehregan is also an ancient Persian holiday, the one you are looking for here is Sepandarmaz, which was originally 'women's day' in ancient Persia. Mehregan is a holiday dedicated to Mehr (Mithra: Son god) in ancient Persia. Persian holidays have become more popular in recent years, especially among the younger generations, who see them as a way of connecting to their pre-Islamic roots as well as expressing their opposition to the Islamic regime.

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