Nowruz is the Parsi New Year. This is celebrated by the Parsi community across the country. It marks the beginning of the Iranian calendar. They are originally from Persia and follow Zoroastrianism which was founded by Zarathustra. The Parsi New Year is believed to have begun some 3000 years ago. On this day, people pray for health, wealth and prosperity. It is also called as Pateti and Jamshed-i-Nowruz.
On this day, people clean and decorate their houses, make rangoli , decorate their houses with flowers and wear new clothes. They also go to the fire temple to ask forgiveness for their past mistakes and ask for a chance to start afresh. They offer fruits, flowers, sandalwood and milk to the fire. Delicious dishes are cooked and people feast along with their kith and kin. Popular dishes include mutton cutlets, patra ni machhi and lagan nu custard.
This day has a spiritual significance as people try to cleanse their minds and souls from the evil thoughts and deeds.
It is mostly celebrated in Maharashtra and Gujarat. Other than India, it is celebrated in Pakistan and United States of America.
Here’s wishing everyone a very Happy Parsi New Year.