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Parsi New Year 2012 festival
The Parsi New Year is traditionally known as, "Jamshedi Navroz". The calculation of dates is based on the Parsi Calendar. Generally it falls on 21st March although it may vary depending on the lunar movement. It is believed by the Parsi people that new year marks the beginning of new universe. The Parsi mythology speaks about the recreation of universe on the new year day.
Parsi New Year Traditions
The Parsi new year time is when families gather to spend time with loved ones. Elders and ancestors are paid homage on this day. The day starts with cleaning of the house and other places like the shops and stores. People take bath on the day and wear new dresses.
The homes are decorated with colors and festoons. At the entrance door decorations are done with colored powder. Incense sticks are burnt and then one burning coal scuttle is sprinkled with sandalwood powder. It is believed by the Parsis that this would make the air fresh and would cleanse the atmosphere. Among other very important customs in Parsi New Year is to offer food to poor people.
During the New Year Parsi people place auspicious items on the table which set for the day of celebrations. Some of the very scared items kept on the table are - picture of Zarathustra, book, mirror, candles, fruits, incense sticks are burnt, flowers, goldfish in bowl, bread, sugar and some coins. Paris customs for new year believe that these items symbolize prosperity and longevity.
The Paris people love preparing cuisines and the New Year celebrations is not complete without the special feast prepared for the entire day. Persian New Year celebrations include preparation of sweet ravo and vermicelli items. For lunch people make Pulav (rice item) with lots of nuts and saffron. Fish is the main cuisine for this day. Parsi people enjoy having spicy items and most of the non-vegetarian food items are very spicy.
On the new beginning people visit shrines and specially the Fire Temple of Agiary to offer prayers. This thanksgiving session is called 'Jashn'. People throw sandal wood powder on the holy fire and it is important to keep their heads covered with traditional cap, when performing this Parsi ritual.
The guests are welcome by sprinkling rose water and are served with sweet dish 'Faluda'. During the new year festival time people go out and throw 'Sabzeh' seeds which is grown during the New year into the river.
Unmarried girls tie sprouts and pray to get success in their love life. The Parsi celebration comes to an end on the 13th day which is known as, "Sizdah Be Dar".
Wishing you all very happy and prosperous Parsi New Year 2012!