Parsi New Year is celebrated by the Parsi community in India in the month of July-August with great enthusiasm. Parsis follow the religion of Zoroastrianism, one of the oldest known monotheistic religions. It was founded by the Prophet Zarathustra in ancient Iran approximately 3,500 years ago.
Parsi New Year (Navroz) 2021: Key points
- The Parsi New Year is a regional holiday celebrated on the first day of the Zoroastrian calendar’s first month, Farvardin.
- The festival falls every year on Spring Equinox around 21st March, but the Parsi community in India follows the Shahenshahi calendar and thus celebrates their new year later in July or August.
- It was celebrated by the followers of Zoroastrianism in Persia (now Iran), who migrated to places like Gujarat in India in the 7th century owing to the Islamic invasion.
- The festival originated in Persia, it is celebrated with much fervour in many Indian states.
- Delicious dishes like moong dal, pulav and sweet ravo are prepared in Parsi homes for a hearty feast. It’s against the spiritual texts to consume other animals.
- Gujarat and Maharashtra are the two Indian places where Parsi New Year’s Day is observed.
- Life begins when one takes refuge of a Complete Saint.
Meaning of Parsi New Year
The Parsi community celebrates Parsi New Year as per the first day of the Zoroastrian calendar’s first month, Farvardin. It was one of the ancient world’s most important religions for over 1000 years and was the official religion of Persia (now Iran) from 650 BCE until the rise of Islam in the 7th century.
When Is Parsi New Year in 2021?
In 2021, the Parsi New Year will be celebrated on 16th August (Monday) in India. And, in the coming years 2022-2023 it will be celebrated on the same day, 16th August.
History of Parsi New Year
When the Islamic armies invaded Persia, many Zoroastrians migrated to places such as Gujarat in India and Pakistan. There are an estimated 2.6 million Zoroastrians worldwide, with the Parsis (‘Parsi’ being Gujarati for Persian) in India being the largest single group. As per the Persian people’s belief, the Persian King Jamshed introduced the Parsi calendar, this is the reason it is also called Jamshed-i-Nouroz.
In Iran and other parts of the Middle East, Zoroastrians celebrated the Persian New Year using the Fasli/Bastnai calendar, which fixed the first day of the year on the Spring Equinox, usually March 21st.
How Is the Parsi New Year Celebrated?
There are several activities performed on this day by Parsi people. Various celebrations are made everywhere for this. Parsi people particularly prepare different cuisines on this day. Parsi people believe in starting a new business or purchasing anything new, wearing new clothes, giving gifts and making charitable donations on this day. Not only are the houses cleaned and decorated well before this day but also cleansing one’s mind, body and soul from all evil thoughts and deeds is observed.
When Does the Actual Happiness or Real beginning of Life Start?
The main motive of human life is to attain Salvation (Moksha). The day when we get the refuge of an Authorised Saint, life becomes meaningful; otherwise, it is useless unless we take Initiation (Naam Diksha). Because only by reciting true mantras, one can get rid of the 84 lakh birth cycles.
Kabir Sahib ji mentioned this in one of His verses:
Ja din Satguru bhetya, So din lekhe jaan |
Baki ka samay vyarth gya, Bina Guru ke naam ||
- In Quran Sharif- Surat Furqan 25:55 it is said that the infidels worship someone apart from Allah, who can neither provide them any gains nor can harm them. In this way, they have turned away from our Lord and have turned their backs.
- In Quran Sharif, verse 25:59, it is mentioned that He (Kabir Sahib Ji) is the Most Merciful. He created the heavens and the earth and what is between them in six days and then established Himself above the Throne. Thus, ask about Him, one well informed.
- Verse 25:59: – All’ji khalakassmaavaati val’arj va ma bainhuma fi sittati ayyaamin’ summastwa alal’arshi arrh’maanu fs’al’ bihi Khabiran’ (Kabiran’) |59|
Parsi New Year 2021 Quotes
- The Supreme God (Kabir Sahib Ji) can paints the canvas of your life with the most beautiful colours, peace, luck, success, and joy.
- Praying on Navroz for peace, happiness, and prosperity, Bring you more close to the Supreme, Since you call him from heart with purity.
- Parsi New Year spreads Happiness, lasting ever and ever.
- It surely be possible if one takes the refuge of Kabir Sahib Ji, Then any kind of any mishappening will occur never
- On this day, Love, bravery, wisdom, contentment, health, patience, and purity will be by your side. If you follow Kabir Sahib Ji as your guide.
Who Is That One Well Informed Saint?
At present, Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj ji is the Well Informed and Complete Saint. He is providing true devotion to His devotees. And they celebrate each day by reciting the True Mantras given by Sant Rampal Ji Maharaj which are mentioned in our holy scriptures.