Parsees celebrate Navroze

Parsees celebrate Navroze

The closely-knit Parsi community - the fun-loving, entrepreneurial, philanthropic people - celebrated Navroze, heralding the new year.

The festival - Navroze (also spelt Nowruz and Navroz) or Jamshedi Navroz or Pateti is one of the biggest events of a Parsi calendar year. Dressed in new traditional clothes, Parsis wished  Navroze Mubarak to each other and participated in grand feasts. 

A majority of them visited the Parsi fire temples or atish behram like Seth Jeejeebhoy Dadabhoy Agiary at Colaba to the grand Wadiaji Atash Behram at Dhobi Talao and Rustam Framna Agiary in Dadar to seek the blessings of Ahura Mazda.

Later they feasted on Patra Ni Macchi, Sali Par Edu, Saas Ni Machi, Marghi Na Farcha, Kolmi Papeto Tetralo, Sali Boti, Akuri, Parsi Mutton Cutlets - which are favourite among the Parsis for festive occasions.

The World over there is a total of around 68,000 Parsi-Zoroastrians  of which the majority are in Mumbai.

Parsi localities in Mumbai like Cusrow Baug, Malcolm Baug, Dadar Parsi Colony, Rustom Baug, Navroz Baug, Godrej Baug, Wadia Baug, Khareghat Colonies, Bharucha Baug, Dhunbaiwadi, Gamadia Colony, NC Baug amd  Khan Estate wore a festive look. Navroz was celebrated in other parts like Pune in Maharashtra and in Gujarat’s Udwada, Surat, Vapi, the Union Territory of Daman, where sizeable members of the tiny community are settled.

According to the Gregorian calendar, Pateti falls in the month of August. The auspicious day falls on the spring equinox – the day when both North and South pole have sunlight making day and night of equal duration.

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