The Parsi community across the world celebrates Parsi New Year, today i.e. August 17 2018. 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. The day is dedicated by Zoroastrians cleansing their minds and souls from the evil deeds and thoughts that they possess. The day also marks renewing their spirits with love, peace and prosperity. Also Read - Boman Irani's Grandchildren Just Added Dollops of Cuteness to Our Day as They Wished Fans 'Navroz Mubarak'

They make offerings of fruits, flowers, sandalwood and milk to the fire. They also pray for prosperity, health and wealth and seek forgiveness for their sins. They clean and decorate their homes with flowers and rangoli and lay out a sumptuous meal spread. Popular dishes served on the Parsi new year include mutton cutlets, patra ni machhi, and lagan nu custard among several delicacies. Also Read - Parsi New Year 2018 Quotes, Messages, SMS, WhatsApp: Best Sayings by Famous Celebrities to Wish Your Friends and Family Navroz Mubarak

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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 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.