A day of new beginnings
Despite its Iranian and Zoroastrian origins, Navroz has been celebrated by diverse communities. It has been celebrated for over 3,000 years in Western Asia, Central Asia, the Caucasus, the Black Sea Basin, and the Balkans. It marks the first day of the first month (Farvardin) of the Iranian calendar. It is a festival of togetherness and families gather together to observe traditional rituals of good luck.
Here are 8 things you should know about Parsi New Year.
1. The Parsis, the single largest group of the Zoroastrian religious community in India, celebrate the beginning of a New Year on the day of Navroz. Navroz is also known as Jamshed-i-Nouroz, after the name of the Persian king Jamshed who introduced the Parsi calendar.
2. In India and Pakistan, Navroz is celebrated 200 days after it is celebrated in other places of the world. This is because Parsis in India follow the Sahenshahi calendar.
3. The celebrations for Navroz begins on the eve of the New Year and is known as Pateti.
4. Pateti is observed as a day of repentance for the year gone by.
5. The Four ‘Fs’ – Fire, Fragrance, Food, and Friendship – play an important role in the celebration.
6. On Navroz, Parsis deck up in new clothes and visit Agiary or the fire temple.
7. At the Agiary, milk, flowers, fruits, sandalwood is offered to the sacred fire according to an ancient tradition.
8. It is also the day to relish the delicacies of Parsi cuisine like Akori, Dhansak, Prawn Patio, Mori Dar, Patra Ni Macchi and Sali Boti.
Navroz brings with itself a spirit of the inherent harmony of prayer, prosperity, health and wealth. It is known as the day of remittance of sins and repentance. So to say it’s a day of new beginnings.