Happy Navroz: Since people in India and Pakistan follow the Shahenshahi calendar, which does not consider leap years, the Parsi New Year is celebrated in India and Pakistan about 200 days after it is celebrated across the world.
While we are glad that vegetarians can now enjoy Parsi flavours, you have to wonder – are these authentic Parsi delicacies? Or are they concessions and creations being made for the potential vegetarian diner?
It’s good to see that old customs are changing. Marrying outside the Parsi community usually results in the women being considered outsiders. They are not allowed to participate in various ceremonies or enter the Fire Temple.
It is believed that departed souls bless families in the last 10 days preceding the New Year, during which community members ask for forgiveness of sins. On the New Year, celebrations begin with a prayer.
Parsis in India and Pakistan follow the Shahenshahi calendar does not take into account leap years and as a result of which, the Parsi New Year is celebrated in India and Pakistan about 200 days after it is celebrated across the world.
One of the most significant festivals of the Parsi community, Navroz or the Parsi New Year is celebrated every year. This time around, it is being celebrated on August 17. Take a look how people all across the cities of India are making merry on this auspicious day in the country.