Parsi New Year 2021: Date, historical past, significance, celebration of Navroz in India

Marking the start of the Iranian calendar, the competition of Navroz or Nowroz is well known by Parsi neighborhood all over the world with nice pomp and present. In Persian, ‘Nav’ stands for brand new whereas ‘Roz’ means ‘day’ which accurately interprets to ‘new day’ and this custom of celebrating Parsi New Year is believed to be noticed by Iranians and Zorastian for the previous 3,000 years.


Though celebrated in March globally, Navroz arrives 200 days later in India and is well known in the month of August because the Parsis right here comply with the Shahenshahi calendar that doesn’t account for leap years. Interestingly in India, folks have a good time it twice a year – first in accordance with the Iranian calendar and the second in accordance with the Shahenshahi calendar which is adopted by folks right here and in Pakistan.

The competition falls between July and August. This year, Navroz is being celebrated in India on August 16.

History and significance:

The competition of Navroz or Jamshed-i-Navroz/Jamshed-i-Nouroz is known as after the Persian king, Jamshed, who’s credited for creating the Persian or the Shahenshahi calendar. As per the legend, Jamshed saved the world from an apocalypse that got here in the shape of a winter and destined to kill everybody.

King Jamshed used a throne studded with valuable gems and rose to the heavens on the shoulders of demons the place he shone brighter than the solar and therefore a brand new day was born which was named as Navroz.


The most distinguished Navroz celebrations happen in Maharashtra and Gujarat in India on account of a sizeable Parsi inhabitants dwelling in the 2 states. On this present day folks pray for good well being and prosperity as they spend the day cleansing out their properties and hearts of pointless gadgets and ideas.

The Parsis dress up in their conventional attire, adorn their properties with lights and rangoli and put together scrumptious fare. They entertain visitors in their properties and in addition go to go to their expensive ones.

Delicacies like Prawn Patio, Mori Dar, Patra Ni Macchi, Haleem, Akoori, Falooda, Ambakalya, Dhansak, Ravo, Sali Boti, Saffrom Pulao are whipped up in Parsi kitchens for the Navroz unfold. Parsis additionally go to the Agiary or the Fire Temple and supply fruits, sandalwood, milk and flowers to the hearth on this auspicious day.

Although it is likely to be a bit troublesome to must keep away from your family and friends this year as a result of ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the truth that hopefully everyone seems to be secure and wholesome is sufficient to unfold the vacation cheer.

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