The Parsi community across the world celebrate Parsi New Year, today. Pateti or Parsi New Year is also called Nowruz which is a day of repentance for members of Parsi community. The Parsi community celebrates the day with great pomp and fervor. Preparing for the Nowruz celebrations, Parsis clean their homes and start afresh in all walks of life. They regret for their mistakes committed in the past year and visit the Fire temple. Special prayers along with religious rituals are performed on this day. Marking celebrations Parsis wear new clothes, draw rangoli outside their houses and make a sumptuous meal.
Delicious lunch and sweets are an integral part of Nowruz celebrations. Parsi New Year is a regional holiday in states of Maharashtra and Gujarat in the country. Delicacies for the special day include moong dal, dhansak, farcha, prawns, pulav, and sali boti. Zoroastrianism celebrates numerous festivals and holy days around the year following the Zoroastrian calendar.
Parsi New Year Date
Parsi New Year or Pateti is celebrated on August 17 by the Parsi community. Iranians celebrate the Persian New Year on the spring equinox based on their calendar while Indians and Pakistanis celebrate the day based on Shahenshahi calendar. Parsi New Year Celebration in India: Here’s How Parsis In India Will Celebrate Jamshedi Navroz 2017
Parsi New Year History and Significance
The Parsi community migrated to India years ago and follow the religion, Zoroastrianism. The religion was founded about 3500 years ago by Prophet Zarathustra in ancient Iran. Zoroastrians migrated to India when the Islamic armies invaded Persia and thus settled in the country. The term Parsi is Gujarati for Persian. Parsi New Year which marks the first day of the year is celebrated widely in the Parsi community.
Hence, the Parsi New Year in India is celebrated 200 days afterward as Shahenshahi calendar does not account for leap years. Hence, the Zoroastrians of Pakistan and India celebrate this day as the Jamshed-i-Nouroz which typically falls in July-August. The festival is named after the Persian king Jamshed who started the Parsi calendar. Parsis decorate the threshold of the house to make it look welcoming and beautiful for flowers. They generally include flowers and add chalk designs to add a nature’s essence. Visitors at home are often sprinkled with rose water to welcome them. They also donate hugely to charity beginning New Year. (Edited by Nithya Nair)