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Know All About Parsi New Year Or Navroz Mubarak Festival

Know All About Parsi New Year Or Navroz Mubarak Festival

The Parsi New Year, also known as Navroz or Jamshedi Navroz, is celebrated every year to mark the beginning of the new Iranian calendar. This is the famous festival of Parsi community – Jamshedi Navroz and it will be celebrated on August 16, 2023.

While Navroz is celebrated in March for most of the world, in India, it will be celebrated later, on August 16. In India, the Shahanshahi calendar is followed by the Parsi community which does not take leap years into account and thus Parsi New Year 2023 will be celebrated 200 days later i.e August 16.

Originally from Persia, Parsis follow Zoroastrianism, which was founded by Zarathustra in Persia. This day is also known as Jamshed-i-Nouroz after the Persian King Jamshed who have introduced the Parsi calendar. The celebration of Parsi New Year is said to have begun some 3000 years ago. The term Navroz is derived from two Persian words, ‘Nav’ meaning ‘new’ and ‘Roz’ meaning ‘day’. Hence, Navroz means ‘a new day’.

The celebration of Parsi New Year is almost similar to that of the Nowruz spring festival. Navroz celebrations begin on New Year’s eve, also known as Pateti, where Parsis celebrate, have fun and enjoy every moment of their special New Year. On the day of Pateti, they take a bath early in the morning and get dressed in their traditional attire, visit the Fire Temple, or Agiary, where they offer flowers and milk to the holy fire. Also, Parsis on this day, clean their house, visit friends and relatives, exchange gifts, make donations to charity, and have lots of fun and frolic. It is believed that during the Parsi New Year, people should mend out any broken relations, as that would bring more happiness and good luck to the family.

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On the New Year, Parsis also decorate their homes with lights, make beautiful rangolis and greet guests by saying Navroz Mubarak and sprinkling rose water on them. Food plays a very important role in Nowruz or Navroz celebration- Parsi New Year celebration and people make a lot of savoury and sweet desserts for this special day. They make and eat delicious Parsi delicacies like Dhansak, Berry Pulao, Farcha, Patra Nu Machhi and Salli Boti.

This is the time of the year when Parsi families get together and mend up their old love and bond. Ganesha wishes you and your family a Very Happy and Prosperous Parsi New Year.

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With Ganesha’s Grace,