Sada festival will be celebrated in Dushanbe on January 30.  The main events dedicated to this festival will take place in the Firdavsi Park (formerly Peoples’ Friendship Park), according to the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA).

Fairs of agricultural goods, handicrafts and agricultural machines will be organized in Dushanbe on the occasion of the Sada festival.

The celebrations are organized by the Dushanbe mayor’s office and the ministries of culture and agriculture.

Sada (Sadeh in Persian) is an ancient Iranian festival that dates back to the first Persian Empire, Achaemenid Empire.

Sada celebrates 50 days before Navrouz.  Sada in Tajik means “hundred” and refers to one hundred days and nights past the end of summer (or the beginning of long-winter known to start at the end of summer in ancient Iran).  Sada is a mid-winter festival to honor fire and to defeat the forces of darkness, frost, and cold.