Melon Day

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Melon Day
Melons and watermelons.jpg
Melons and watermelons in Ashgabat
Observed byTurkmenistan
DateSecond Sunday in August
2018 dateAugust 12  (2018-08-12)
2019 dateAugust 11  (2019-08-11)
2020 dateAugust 9  (2020-08-09)
2021 dateAugust 8  (2021-08-08)
First time1994

Melon Day is an annual national holiday in Turkmenistan devoted to festivities to celebrate the country's muskmelon, in particular a recent crossbreed product named "Turkmenbashi melon" (after Turkmenistan's first president), which is praised for its aroma, taste and large size. It takes place on the second Sunday in August.

This holiday was established by Turkmenistan’s then-president Saparmurat Niyazov in 1994, who preferred to be known as Turkmenbashi, or leader of the Turkmens. The day's celebrations feature a large display of the fruit in all its varieties, as well as a series of dance and music events, in the country's capital Ashgabat.

In his address to farmers in 2004, President Niyazov said: "Almighty God has turned Turkmen soil into a fertile source of an abundance of the tastiest fruits. Among them are Turkmen melons, which are the result of farmers' hard work and which have a unique taste reminiscent of the fruit of paradise." In newspapers Niyazov has been quoted as saying, "The Turkmen melon is the source of our pride. Its taste has no equals in the world, the smell makes your head spin."[1]

Melon Day is among 24 public holidays of Turkmenistan – typical titles of which are Drop of Water is a Grain of Gold Festival, Festival of the Poetry of Magtymguli, Good Neighborliness Day, Racing Horse Day, and Carpet Day.

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  1. ^ "The Turkmen theocracy lost its god". Turkish Daily News, Turkey. December 22, 2006. Archived from the original on March 1, 2007.

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