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Parsi New Year 2018: Significance, history and celebrations during Nowruz

Zoroastrians in India celebrate the Parsi New Year as Jamshed-i-Nouroz, which is named after the Persian king Jamshed who started the Parsi calendar.

art and culture Updated: Aug 17, 2018 08:59 IST
Kabir Bhandari
Kabir Bhandari
Hindustan Times, Delhi
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Special prayers and religious rituals take place on Nowruz and the Parsis wear new clothes and make rangolis outside their homes during the celebrations.(Shutterstock)

The Parsi New Year, also called ‪‪Nowruz is the day of repentance for members of Parsi community. This day is celebrated with great fervor and while preparing for the celebrations Parsis clean their homes in a bid to start afresh in all aspects of life. They regret the mistakes which they had committed the previous year and visit Fire temples.

Significance of the Parsi New Year

The Parsi community had migrated to India and follow Zoroastrianism, which was founded by Prophet Zarathustra in ancient Iran 3,500 years ago. Zoroastrians migrated to India to escape persecution following the Muslim conquest of Persia as Iran was then known. Parsi means Persian in Gujarati and marks the first day of the year for them.

Zoroastrians in India celebrate this day as Jamshed-i-Nouroz, which is named after the Persian king Jamshed who started the Parsi calendar.

How it is celebrated

A sumptuous lunch and sweets are an important part of the Nowruz celebrations. (Shutterstock)

Guests are greeted by sprinkling rose water on them and many families also make donations for various charitable purposes at this time.

Special prayers and religious rituals take place on Nowruz and the Parsis wear new clothes and make rangolis outside their homes during the celebrations.

A sumptuous lunch and sweets are an important part of the Nowruz celebrations. The Parsi New Year is a regional holiday in Maharashtra and Gujarat. Moong dal, dhansak, prawns, farcha, pulao and sali boti are some of the delicious items that are made.

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First Published: Aug 17, 2018 08:58 IST