Today on August 17, 2017 the world is celebrating Navroz or Nowruz the name of the Persian New Year. It is also called Pateti. The Parsis in India are a very small minority but a very important one as they have played a great and important part in India’s struggle for independence and in the field of business and economy. On Navroz, Parsis celebrate their New Year by cleaning their homes and starting afresh in life. This day is the day of repentance for Parsis as they ask for forgiveness for their mistakes and sins committed in the past year and visit the Fire temple to pray to their almighty. Parsis wear new clothes and prepare a sumptuous and delectable feast with all the traditional food of their culture.

The Parsis are the followers of Zoroastrianism religion which was founded around 3500 years ago by Prophet Zarathustra in ancient Iran. Zoroastrians migrated to India from Iran when Islamic forces invaded the country and started persecuting them. The word ‘Parsi’ is originated from Gujarati and comes from the word ‘Persian’. Noruz or Navroz is the Parsi New Year and marks the first day of the year for the Parsi community around the world.
Today on Navroz, many leaders and celebrities took to Twitter to extend their wishes for the Parsi New Year. Parsi New Year 2017: Date, History & Significance of Pateti Festival

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis extended his wishes

CP Mumbai Police wished everyone on Parsi New year

President Ram Nath Kovind also wished the Parsi community on Navroz

Shashi Tharoor wished Navroz Mubarak

Parshottam Rupala Union Minister of the State – Agriculture, Farmers’ Welfare & Panchayati Raj – Govt. of India wished a happy Pateti.

The Parsi New Year in India is celebrated 200 days after as the Shahenshahi calendar that they follow do not account for leap years. The Zoroastrians of India and Pakistan celebrate Navroz as the Jamshed-i-Nouroz which usually falls in July or August. The Persian King Jamshed who started the Parsi calendar lends his name to the festival.

(Article Compiled By – Vandana Srivastawa)