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Parsis celebrate New Year across the country

Parsis in India, known to be the single largest group of the Zoroastrian religious community, celebrate the Persian New Year on August 17.

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Zorastrians in Mumbai celebrate Parsi New Year at Kapawala Agiary in Tardeo on Saturday.(Express Photo by Nirmal Harindran)

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Parsis in India, known to be the single largest group of the Zoroastrian religious community, celebrate the Persian New Year on August 17. (Express Photo by Nirmal Harindran)

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Mostly celebrated by people in regions like the USA, the Middle-East and Pakistan, in India the festival is prominently celebrated in regions of Maharashtra and Gujarat, where it is also a regional holiday. (Express Photo by Nirmal Harindran)

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The Parsis or the Persians, include Iranis who migrated to the then Gujarat region (now a part of which is in Pakistan) when Persia was invaded by Islamic armies in the seventh century. (Express Photo by Nirmal Harindran)

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People in India and Pakistan follow the Shahenshahi calendar, while the Iranian calendar across the world marks the Persian New Year on the spring equinox. (Express Photo by Nirmal Harindran)

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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 on March 21.(Express Photo by Nirmal Harindran)

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Zorastrians in Ahmedabad celebrate Parsi new year at Khamasa Agiary on Saturday. (Express Photo by Javed Raja)

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On this day, people pray for prosperity, health and wealth, and it is also believed to be the day of remittance of sins and repentance.(Express Photo by Javed Raja)

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Zoroastrians dedicate the day to cleaning their minds and souls from any evil deeds and thoughts and usher in positivity, peace and love.(Express Photo by Javed Raja)