Today is Melon Day in Turkmenistan, where, according to President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov, "since ancient times Turkmenistan has been
considered the homeland of the best melons in the world."
Dem's fightin' words across the Turkic empire. I don't expect the Uzbeks to take such smack talk lying down.
Here in the Carpetblog family, we try to celebrate Melon Day every year, and have been enjoying our share this summer. We buy them from the
Karpuzci Karpuzcu (I did not make that word up, as originally suspected, but wrote in violation of the most basic principle of Turkish grammar), who sells them -- sheltered from the sun by their own leaves-- from a horse -drawn cart.
Because we lived in Azerbaijan, we know there are dangers associated with watermelon consumption. No matter how orgiastic your Melon Day celebrations may get, be sure not to drink water while eating them or mix them with honey.