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This Persian New year marks the beginning of spring season

The celebration dates back to approximately 30,000 years when Prophet Zarathustra founded Zoroastrianism in Persia

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The Navroz festival, commonly known as The Persian New year marks the beginning of spring season that is joyfully celebrated by the Parsi communities across the globe. In Persian the term ‘Nav’ means ‘new’ while ‘Roz’ means ‘day’ thus signifying a ‘new day’. According to the Zoroastrian philosophy, this day represents the yearly regeneration of the entire cosmos, the conquering of good over evil and light over darkness.


HOW IS THE FESTIVAL CELEBRATED ACROSS THE WORLD ?

This festival is celebrated by the Parsi communities of Iran , Iraq, Afghanistan , India and other parts of Central Asia . In India , it is celebrated on the first day of the first month of Farvardin according to the Zoroastrian or Shahan Shahi calendar(which does not account for leap years), which is followed by the Indian Parsi community. While in other parts of the world , this festival is celebrated according to the Solar Hijri calendar which is on the day of Spring Equinox i.e. March 21st.

WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF NAVROZ ?

The celebration dates back to approximately 30,000 years when Prophet Zarathustra founded Zoroastrianism in Persia ( presently known as Iran). Navroz is also celebrated by the name of Jamshed-i-Navroz because of its association with the ancient Sasanian king, Jamshed. He successfully calculated the day on which the sun enters the constellation Aries and leaves Pisces. This day was marked the first day of the year thus the beginning of a New Year. Jamshed is also known to introduce the Parsi calendar.

WHAT INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITIONS IT RECEIVED ?

In 2009, Navroz was named in the UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity to raise awareness about its importance. Also, In 2010 The United Nations General Assembly officially recognized the ‘International Day of Navroz’. The spelling of the word varies across the countries for which the United Nations said that , “The word Nowruz (Novruz, Navruz, Nooruz, Nevruz, Nauryz), means new day ; its spelling and pronunciation may vary by country.”

WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF NUMBER ‘SEVEN’ ?

The number ‘Seven(7)’ holds a significant and a sacred position in Persian philosophy as each item holds its own significance like patience, good health , rebirth , prosperity etc. Following which on this day a ceremonial table is spread containing seven symbolic items whose name starts with letter ‘S’. This includes Seeb(apple) , Seer (garlic) , Serkeh (vinegar), Sonbol (hyacinth) , Samanu (sweet pudding) , Sabzeh (sprouts) and Sekeh (coins)

HOW IT IS CELEBRATED BY THE INDIAN PARSI COMMUNITY ?

According to the 2011 Census of India, there are 57,264 Parsis residing in India mainly in the regions of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Delhi. Parsis considers this day to be a very auspicious one and also a day to purify one’s inner self. They clean their homes, buy new clothes, launch new endeavors and visit their family and friends. They celebrate this festival with great fervor and joy by organizing get-togethers, preparing Parsi delicacies and visiting Agyaris or fire temples to offer prayers.

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