About Melon Day
Melons are a big deal in Turkmenistan. Hundreds of varieties are grown there, and the people are very proud of them. So proud, in fact, that since 1994, the second Sunday in August has been observed as an official holiday in Turkmenistan.
The day is observed in recognition of the significance of melons in the country’s culture and history. A variety of fairs and market places entice visitors with displays of golden melons, enticing them to sample melons grown in different parts of Turkmenistan.
Musicians and dancers take to the streets, and the nation’s best melon growers are lavished with gifts.