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March 21, 2019
Jamshed Navroz (Parsi New Year)
|Last Year (2015)||21st March|
|Present Year (2016)||21st March|
|Next Year (2017)||21st March|
Word Nowruz is derived from from two Persian words, ‘nav’ meaning ‘new’ and ‘roz’ meaning ‘day’. Hence, Nowruz said to be first day of Farvardin in the Iranian calendar or Iranian New Year celebrated with immense joy, urgency and zeal by Iranian peoples and other ethno-linguistic groups for over 3,000 years in the Balkans, the Black Sea Basin, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Western Asia, Northwestern China and the Crimea, Canada, Los Angeles, Toronto, Cologne and United Kingdom, mainly in London. The Zoroastrians also believe that on this day, the Persia’s legendary king , Jamshed who introduced solar reckoning into the Parsi calendar, raised the throne. Jamed-e-Navroz is symbol of revitalizing and rebirth.
Navroz or Nowruz celebration is done by grand and splendid fashion with warm welcoming of spring season. Homes are cleaned, painted and decorated with ornate rangolis, garlands of roses and jasmines, auspicious symbols and other adornments. On this day, people wear new clothes accompanied by gold or silver kustis or caps. Parsis people join the Fire Temple or Agiary or dar-be mehr special prayer known as Jashan. They worship Khorshed and Meher (two divine beings who officiate over the sun and the moon). Parsis prepare several traditional delicacies meals like ravo or Faluda (flavoured milk, sugar, suji and prettify with rose petals and nutmeg powder) and sev (prepared from vermicelli fried in clarified oil or ghee, added sugar syrup and enhance with raisins and almond slivers). My mouth is watering after thinking these all.
Tables are decorated traditionally with seven foods like sh and sa representing creational and renewal, sabzen (sprouts), samanu (a sweet creamy pudding), seeb (apple), senjed (sweet dry Lotus fruit), seer (garlic), somaq (sumac berries) and serkeh (vinegar). mythical Gathas (lit lamp), Afrigan (live fish in water bowl) and ceramic plate with sprouted wheat or beans, flowers and silver coin for color and wealth, painted eggs for productivity, and bowl of sweets and rosewater for sweetness and happiness are kept on a table. they greet each other “Sal Mubarak” with this all and exchange gifts
Happy Navroz! May it rejuvenate a new beginning in our devotional and secular world! (Ameen)