Parsi New Year 2019: When Is It & How Is It Celebrated ?
Parsi New Year will be celebrated on 17 August this year.
Parsi New Year will be celebrated on 17 August this year.(Photo: iStock)

Parsi New Year 2019: When Is It & How Is It Celebrated ?

Parsi New Year will be celebrated on 17 August this year. It is also known as Navroz and is of great significance to the Parsi community. They celebrate the day with a lot of excitement and grandeur. Zoroastrians or Parsis living in some parts of Iran, celebrate their new year on 31 March. It is believed that the tradition of celebrating new year dates back to about 3,000 years. It marks the beginning of the Parsi calendar.

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How Is Parsi New Year Celebrated ?

People decorate their houses, wear traditional clothes and visit temples on the day of new year. They seek the Almighty’s blessings and ask the lord to pardon their sins. People also visit each other’s house to exchange new year greetings.

All kinds of Parsi delicacies are prepared on the occasion of new year. Sweet Falooda is offered to the guests. The Parsi community has carefully preserved their traditions and they celebrate their new year in accordance to that.

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As per tradition, there are 360 days in one year and 5 days are reserved for remembering the ancestors. People perform puja at 3:30 am. They keep flowers in a utensil made of steel or silver and remember their ancestors.

Agni (fire) holds great importance in the Parsi culture and people perform special pujas.

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