Festival of Khordadgan (جشن خردادگان) is about celebrating and honoring water. Khordad is the third month in the Iranian calendar and the name of the fifth Immortal. During this program, through music, song, dance, performance and body art we celebrate the importance of water in our world and the perpetual nature of the struggle between drought and rain.

Jashn-e Khordaadgaan جشن خردادگان

As Iran continues to experience a cultural revolution, it is the duty of every Iranian to learn more about our traditions before blindly embracing other ideals that are unlike our Iranian values. In our efforts to introduce these festivals to the larger Iranian community and preserve them for the future generations, we, as Fusionartists, are producing various programs to introduce and value those treasured festivals and related topics.

One of our programs is about honoring Persian mythological Immortals and the various Guardians such as water, fire, sun, moon and the like. Persian Immortals are more powerful than the Guardians. They all have different strengths and qualities.


Fusion of Naked Body and Naked Soul

Divine play or what we call Leila begins in Fusionart by the playing of the artist with sounds, words, images and movements without any particular idea in mind. Where most artists begin with limitations and build their work around them, Fusionartists start with their emotion and keep on leilaing until they are done with their divine play or lovemaking. Final touches and the incorporation of limitations are developed later only to be shared with their audience.

This process is the reflection of the way the soul enters the body and gives form and life to it. That challenge becomes the movement of our life. The energy or power that moves through us becomes a grinder, and we begin to grind it into a physical form. Instead of working hard, we fall in love with what we are doing. This is how we thrive to develop our mastery in Fusionart.

What you are witnessing tonight is what Rumi called, the sound of the reed flute from the breath of the divine flute player. It moves through us, expressing the beautiful sound of freedom. When that happens, we forget ourselves as we create. We become the universe.

When an artist paints on a blank canvas, there is no crossing or erasing, there is a freedom they feel. When one has the possibility of erasing, they are manifesting things that their mind judges. The true freedom is shown when a Fusionartist moves the brush across a blank canvas or a naked body to create lines that are dancing. When the power of creativity is freed, the artist is free. The self-manifests the self.

When the naked soul enters the naked body, which is free of all attachments, it moves toward becoming the spirit of the person. That is a unique spirit, different from all other spirits. The soul and body enter the beauty of oneness as it becomes the spirit of a person, or a plant, or a rock, for it comes together to manifest what it was meant to manifest.

The spirit of a person is what identifies the personality and mostly the behavior. In the arts, the spirit of the artist becomes his or her style, although it might not be all about the way the person does things in life. As our souls move closer to each other, we become more alike. Our reality is the form our soul takes. As a result, we become an expression of that form. How do we develop our form? How do we develop our world? We invite you to set your expectations and pre-formed judgments aside and let tonight’s performance of Fusionartists be a guide and an example for developing your joyful spirit!

Learn more about Khordadgan or Haurvatat concept :

Haurvatat is the last of the seven Amesha Spentas, (the emanations of God) and represents water. She is not last in precedence, but she is the latest to appear in the divine scheme of things. She is the virtues and gifts of the future or the sign of the Renewal at the End of Time.

She is a female in gender; since the Avestan words, Haurvatat (Wholeness) is of the female gender. Zarathustra, in his Gathas, mentions Haurvatat in many verses as the giver of the divine gift.

Haurvatat, translated as "Integrity," represents the undivided self, freedom from guilt, resentment, and regret," a state of "peaceful and prosperous harmony with the world around us. Haurvatat is the state of the self where the mind has grasped the Truth and acted accordingly.

Attaining Haurvatat means rejecting irrational thoughts and motives, rising above fanaticism, self-righteousness, and delusion, transcending self- interest in order to attain Integrity. The concept of Haurvatat teaches that we can strive to realize Divine Attributes in ourselves. Haurvatat leads us to wholeness and health of both body and mind.

In the course of our lives, whenever we have moments of health and clarity, vitality and hope, there is Haurvatat. Whenever we look forward joyfully to a future of accomplishment and achievement - rather than a despairing life of drudgery, poverty, and declining health - there is Haurvatat. We may, during our daily life, only have a glimpse of one of these Attributes. But with time, these glimpses may become more common, the result of spiritual work and fervent hope. In a way, the attainment of Haurvatat is similar to what we call “Enlightenment.”.