Every year on the second Sunday of August, all of Turkmenistan, and especially melon growers and market traders, celebrate a national holiday - Turkmen Melon Day (Turkm. Gawun baýramy). It was established in 1994 by the country's first president, Saparmurat Niyazov.
For several millennia, gourds have been grown on the territory of Turkmenistan, including sweet, juicy, fragrant melons. This is confirmed by archaeological finds: at the excavations of the ancient settlement of Gyaur-Kala, several melon seeds were found.
Turkmen melons to this day remain a favorite delicacy of residents of many countries, especially the former Soviet republics. And in Turkmenistan itself, they are considered part of the great heritage, national wealth, a symbol of the talent and hard work of local farmers who worthily continue the traditions of their ancestors.