Jamshed-E-Navroz|Legend of Jamshed-E-Navroz|Jamshed-E-Navroz Celebration

Navroze  Jamshed-e-Navroz is the first day of the month of the Zoroastrian year.Parsis follow the falsi calender and their NewYear commences  with the Vernal Equinox.The festival is celebrated with lot of enthusiasm.The community dutifully follows all the rituls performed during Jamshed-e-Navroze.

This is the most celebrated festival of the Paris.Every year on March 21 , Navroze is celebrated.Barring one sect of Parsis-considers it as Parsi New Year,those are the Faslis-but nevertheless all Parsis join in the festivitities, enjoy themselves,greet each other and attended the thanks giving ceremonies at Fire Temples.March 21 is the first day of the spring and also the vernal equinox of the sun,and therefore a logical day to celebrate the beinning of yet another year.Hence the name was kept as 'Navroze', which literally means the New Day.

Legend of Jamshed-E-Navroz

The festival was celebrated as far back as the 6th century B.C. when legendary kings like Cyrus and Darius
ruled over the Persian Empore.
Celebration of the festival dates back to over 3000 years when the legendary king of Persia, Jamshedji ascended the throne on the day of 'Navroz'.'Nav' means new and 'Roz' means day.The day happened to be a vernal equinox- when the length of the day equals that of the night.Navroz marked the transition from winter to summer.Later, the particular day came to known and celebrated as 'Jamshed Navroz Festival'.
It is also said , King Jamshedi introduced solar calculation into the Persian calendar and also deternined the date when the Sun enters the constellation of Aries,in the beginning of the year.The advent of spring in February-March and the vernal equinox-these are the two events that mark rhe Jamshed-e-Navroz.On this occasion , it was customary for the king to be weighed in gold and silver, and the money was then distributed among the poor.

Jamshed-E-Navroz  Celebration 

The celebration commences with cleaning the house, seeping out cobwebs, painting the whole house.New clothes would be ordered for the entire family.Garlands of roses and jasmine decorate all doors and windows.Steps and thresholds are marked with beautiful patterns in colour powders like "RANGOLI".
Food is also an important component  in these celebrations.Parsi food is a blend of West Asim and Indian style of cooking."Rava", the popular dish is cooked with Sooji, milk and sugar.When the mixture thickens, it is flavoured with rose water and sprinkled with grated nutmegs.The other popular dish is fried vermicelli, cooked in sugar syrup and sprinkled with almonds and raisins.
Parsis celebrate Navroze in a grand and elaborate fashion.They rejoice whole-heartedly and celebrate the day in a spirit of friendship, harmony and happyness.They were new clothes on the day and welcome the guests with a sprinkling of rosewater and rice and also applying tilak.
Then the folks go to the fire temples for worship where they offer sandalwood stick to the fire .It is customary for the Parsis to cover their heads once they are inside the temples.The children wear small round caps of gold and silver brocade, while men wear small black velvet caps.The women drape their heads withpart of their sarees.After the prayers they greet and hug one another saying "Sal Mubarak"-meaning may the  coming year be prosperous.
Visitors to any house are offered sweets and a glass "Faluda:- a sweet milky drink cooked with a special type of vermicelli flavoured with rose essence and served chilled.Pulaos rich with saffron, fish steamed in banana leaves,chicken curried with ground almonds and plain rice and moong dal must be served for lunch that day.

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