Parsi New Year

Parsi New Year of Navroz is celebrated every August by our Parsi community. If you have a peek into history, the Parsi population actually originated from Iran, a country in present Western Asia. Stories say that after the Muslim conquests of Iran in 650CE, celebrations of Navroz and Sadeh took place.  Sources say that the Paris migrated to India in 7th century AD. The pleaded the then ruler of India saying that they will reside in India likes sugar in milk, whose sweetness would be felt. Parsi New Year is celebrated with pomp and grandeur both within India, Middle East, South East Asia, and the USA. They visit temples called Agiary, wear new clothes to celebrate this auspicious day. It’s their custom to offer milk, flowers, fruits, and sandalwood to the sacred fire.  Parsi restaurants record the highest business during the period of Parsi New Year.  India being a secular country gives equal opportunity and respect towards the Parsi’s and grants a day of National Holiday. All other communities celebrate the occasion and enjoy the traditional Parsi food.

The Parsees celebrate the day with great zeal and enthusiasm dedicated to tradition.  It’s culture to decorate their table with objects like the sacred book, candles, mirror, incense sticks, books of Zarathustra, sugar, coin, golden fishbowl and many other purposes. They believe these are going to bring good luck to them.  Parsees are always considered a living community in India and also abroad who have silently contributed to the economic progress and bewildered the world with the business sense.

Not to forget the mouthwatering  Parsee traditional dishes like chicken dhansak, farcha, Patra ni Macchi, kolmi ni patio and khichdi which will satisfy the taste buds of food lovers either Parsi or any other community, is an inevitable part of Parsi New Year.

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