The Parsi New Year may be a regional holiday celebrated on the primary day of the Zoroastrian calendar’s first month, Farvardin. it’s also referred to as Navroz, which springs from ‘nav’ and ‘roz’, meaning new and day respectively in Persian.
The festival falls per annum on vernal equinox around 21st March, but the Parsi community in India follows the Shahenshahi calendar and thus celebrate their New Year later in July or August. In 2021, the Parsi New Year are going to be observed on 16th August (Monday) in India.
About Parsian New year
Parsi New Year, also known as Navroz or Nowroz, is celebrated to mark the beginning of the Iranian calendar. In Persian, ‘Nav’ stands for new, and ‘Roz’ stands for the day, which literally translates to ‘new day’. The tradition is believed to have been celebrated for the past 3,000 years, and is observed by Iranians and the Parsi community around the world. The most prominent Navroz celebrations take place in Maharashtra and Gujarat in India on account of a sizeable Parsi population living there. Navroz falls in the month of August, according to the Gregorian calendar. This year it’s being celebrated on August 16.
Parsi New Year History and Significance
A 3000-year old Zoroastrian tradition, the Parsi New Year holiday was created by Prophet Zoroaster consistent with legends. it had been celebrated by the followers of Zoroastrianism in Persia (now Iran), who migrated to places like Gujarat in India within the 7th century due to the Islamic invasion
. Although the festival originated in Persia, it’s celebrated with much fervour in many Indian states. The day is additionally mentioned as Jamshedi Navroz after the Persian King Jamshed who founded the Parsi calendar.
Parsi New Year Celebrations across India
On today , Parsis clean the house and decorate it with flowers and rangoli to form it look beautiful and welcoming for visitors. Dressed up in traditional attire, they visit the hearth Temple after breakfast and perform a prayer called Jashan to precise gratitude to the Lord, pray for prosperity and seek His forgiveness. Milk, water, fruits, flowers and sandalwood are put into the sacred fire as offerings.
Dishes of Parsi New Year
Delicious dishes like moong dal, pulav, fish, sali boti and sweet ravo are prepared in Parsi homes for a hearty feast. Guests are welcomed with a sprinkling of perfume and offered faluda to drink. Also, people often mark the Parsi New Year celebrations by giving charitable donations to the poor.
The Parsi community dresses up in their traditional attire, decorate their homes and prepare delicious food including Prawn Patio, Mori Dar, Patra Ni Macchi, Haleem, Akoori, Berry Pulao, Patra ni Machhi and more. Parsis also visit the Fire Temple (Agiary) and offer fruits, sandalwood, milk and flowers on this auspicious day.
Parsi new year 2021 Quotes, Wishes, Messages, Greetings, SMS, Status
Although this year owing to the coronavirus pandemic, it might be a tad difficult to meet your friends and family and given that hopefully everyone is getting out of their homes only when needed, you can still spread the joy through these thoughtful messages, and wishes this Navroz:
* May you achieve success in everything you do in life, and all your heartfelt wishes come true. Here’s wishing you a Happy New Year full of happiness & prosperity. Navroz Mubarak
* As the New Year begins, let us pray for a year of peace, happiness, and abundance. God bless you throughout this new year. Happy Navroz!
* This new year, I pray for you and your family’s happiness and well-being. May you have a great year ahead. Navroz Mubarak!
* A new year brings forth 365 blank pages, remember to write the most beautiful chapter of your lives. Happy Navroz!
* All things bright and beautiful, all things fine and wonderful, all these are wished for you on this day and forever. Navroz Mubarak!
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