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INDIA, MUMBAI : An Indian Parsi girl prays near relief figures of knights at a fire temple on the Parsi New Year ‘Navroze’ in Mumbai on August 18, 2015. Parsis, followers of Zoroastrianism, a small religious community which exists largely in Mumbai, were exiled from Iran in the 7th century AD during religious persecution by the Muslims. The Indian followers of Zoroastrianism are called Parsis because the religion arrived in India from Persia.  AFP PHOTO/ PUNIT PARANJPE                        

CELEBRATING PARSI NEW YEAR - JAMSHED-E-NAVROZ

CELEBRATING PARSI NEW YEAR – JAMSHED-E-NAVROZ

The Parsi New Year, Jamshed-e-Navroz is celebrated on the first day of the first month of the Shehenshai calendar followed by the Zoroastrian faith. Named after the Persian ruler Jamshed, in whose reign the festival began, Jamshed-e-Navroz is symbolic of rejuvenation and rebirth.

As in all the other New Year festivals, at Navroz too there’s much excitement in the air. Homes are cleaned and…

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Parsi New Year celebrated in India

Mumbai, Aug.18 (ANI): India’s Parsi community celebrated ‘Navroz’ or the Parsi New Year here on Tuesday by offering prayers at fire temples.
A special lunch followed by a morning visit to the agiary or fire temple is the highlight of the festival.
“This is a big festival for us as it is the start of a new year. We wear new cloths and have family get together. We go out to eat and we pray so that the entire year goes well, said a Parsi, Ano Sukhji.
"People celebrate today and visit fire temples. We get together in the evening and have food,” said another Parsi, Nausi.
The Parsis, whose name means “Persians”, are descended from Persian Zoroastrians. They moved to India to avoid religious persecution by the Muslims.
They settled in Mumbai in the 1640s when the city was under Portuguese control, according to the Bombay Parsi Punchayet (BPP), a 330-year-old administrative body.
President Pranab Mukherjee extended his greetings on the occasion.
“Greetings and good wishes to all my Parsi brothers and sisters on the joyous occasion of Navroz,” the President tweeted.
The Parsi community’s numbers are sliding in the country. From 112,000 in 1951, the population of Parsis in India dropped to just under 70,000 in 2001, according to census data. Sociologists say the trend will likely continue. (ANI)

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Parsi community observe 'Navroz'

Members of Parsi community across India on Tuesday celebrated ‘Navroz’, the Parsi New Year. People offered prayers by visiting Agiaries or fire temples on their auspicious day to welcome the New Year. Meanwhile, President Pranab Mukherjee extended his greetings on Parsi New Year and said that Navroz represents new beginnings. “Greetings and good wishes to all my Parsi brothers and sisters on the joyous occasion of Navroz,” he said in his message. President Mukherjee said the Parsi Community has over the years immensely enriched India and contributed enormously to the nation’s prosperity and welfare.