Did you know that Navroz the Parsi New Year is also known as the “Jamshedi Navroz” which has been named after the legendary King of Persia. He was the fourth Shah of the Pishdadian dynasty of Persia.
The very word is the combination of Jamshed the man who started the Parsi Calendar & Navroz meaning “a new day.”
The Parsi community essentially follows Zoroastrianism which is also one of the oldest known monotheistic religions. Zoroastrianism was founded by the Prophet Zarathustra which was about 3,500 years ago.
Moreover, it is also important to know that it was the official religion of Persia from 650 BCE until the rise of Islam which dawned somewhere during the 7th century.
Yes, and when as per the historical records, the Islamic armies invaded Persia many of the Zoroastrians had to migrate to places such as Gujarat and Pakistan. Currently, there are about 2.6 million Zoroastrians worldwide.
People from various religious backgrounds and traditions take part in the festivities. It represents a yearly renewal of everything in our universe. On the day of Navroz, all the people get up early morning for cleaning their houses. They wear new clothes and distribute gifts and indulge themselves in making charitable donations to those in need.
This festival is essentially celebrated with great fervour among people who visit the fire temples to pray for prosperity and seek forgiveness for their sins. People tend to enjoy delicious foods made especially for this purpose like moong daal, pulav and many other varieties of mouth-watering delicacies. An important tradition which is specifically observed on this day is of gathering around the table under which all the family members gather in a common room which is decorated with objects symbolizing purity, brightness and wealth.
On the vibrant festival of Navroz, the women folk wear the traditional Gara Saree. And men generally wear their new and best clothes. However, their traditional clothing includes a long muslin shirt also known as sudra and kusti, loose cotton trousers and a waistcoat which is prepared from a white cloth along with a china silk skull-cap.
For celebrating Navroz, food forms a very significant part of the whole festival. Some of the traditional Parsi delicacies here include dhansak, meethi sev dahi, prawns, farcha, berry pulao etc which the people relish with great enthusiasm.
Navroz traces its roots back to the Ancient Persia which is the Iran of current times and is celebrated in 17 countries. And in India, it is a holiday typically observed in the states of Gujarat and Maharashtra.
16 August 2019
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