- Jamshedi Navroze is one of the three main festive days in the Parsi Calendar. The others being Parsi New year in August and Khordad Saal, the birthday of Zarathustra.
- Mumbai: “New Year binds you with family and religion, and it certainly takes me back to my childhood,”
- Karachi : The Zoroastrian (Parsi) community celebrated the religious festival of Navroze.
- Navroze used to be a national holiday in India, but as the number of Parsi people decreased its no longer a national holiday.
- “We must have sweetened sev (vermicelli) and dahi, for breakfast loaded with badams and raisins too”
Navroze is one of the oldest known festivals of the Parsis. Firdausi, in his Shah Namesh, Book of Kings, attributes its origin to the legendary King of Persia, Jamshed son of Tehmooraz of the Peshdadian dynasty in Iran. Persia was ruled by many dynasties, the last being the Zoroastrians.
It is said that Jamshed was a great king and cared for the welfare of his subjects. Though there were no clocks to measure time, the King sought the help of the great astronomers and mathematicians of his day who devised a calendar which was known as the “Tacquim-e-Nowrooze-e-Sheheriyari”.
Mumbai: It’s an early start to the day for Nawaz Modi Singhania, wife of industrialist Gautam Singhania, just like when she was younger, she says.
“New Year binds you with family and religion, and it certainly takes me back to my childhood,” smiles Nawaz, recalling her precious moments spent as a child.
The Zoroastrian (Parsi) community in Karachi celebrated the religious festival of Navroze on Saturday with due reverence. The day holds special significance for the Baha’i, Ismaili, Iranian and Shi’a communities.
Parsi households commence with special breakfast, mainly ‘Ravo’ prepared with suji, milk and sugar. Apart from this, there is a custom to spread the Haft-Seen – a large platter filled with seven dishes – each beginning with the Persian letter seen. Eggs and a bowl of water containing live fish, a silver coin, some flowers and painted eggs are also kept along with food to symbolize creation, wealth and productivity for the year ahead.
(mostly in Persian/Farsi, some in English)
Navroze used to be a national holiday in India, but as the number of Parsi people decreased its no longer a national holiday. According to Unesco, today there are 70,000 Parsis and the population is still decreasing at a rate of 5 deaths for every newborn.
Some religious redefinitions - like being Parsi from mother’s side and allowing new people to join Zoroastrians - are being investigated by the community.
“We must have sweetened sev (vermicelli) and dahi, for breakfast loaded with badams and raisins too,” informs Pearl. Of course, lunch is dhan dal as usual with a prawn or fish patia. That follows other delicious fare — chicken farcha (fried chicken), patra ni machi (steamed fish wrapped in banana leaf), sali murghi (spicy chicken with fine potato crisps), jardaloo sali boti (boneless mutton in an onion and tomato gravy with apricots and potato strips) and cutlets.
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