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Zoroastrian Heritage

Author: K. E. Eduljee

Zoroastrian Festivals and Calendars
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Nowruz (New Year)

Introduction

Nowruz - a Quick Overview

New Year's Greetings in Persian

The Seasons

The Significance and Symbolism of Nowruz

Nowruz as a Cultural Festival

Is Nowruz an Iranian or Persian New Year?

Nowruz as a Zoroastrian Festival

Alternative Spellings and Pronunciations for Nowruz


Pre-Nowruz Festivities and Observances

Spring-Cleaning or Khaneh-Tekani

All-Souls or Farvardigan Days

Growing Fresh Sprouts

The Feast of Remembrance or the Hamaspathmaidyem Gahambar

Hamaspathmaidyem Gahambar and the Zoroastrian Calendar

The Feast on the Last Day of the Gahambar

The Rite of Fire or Chahar-Shanbeh-Suri

Similarities with Halloween?


Nowruz Day Customs & Observances

Nowruz Customs - The Nowruz Spread or Sofreh

The Nowruz Spread or Sofreh in Zoroastrian Homes

The Nowruz Spread or Sofreh in Islamic Homes

Nowruz Day Customs and Foods

Nowruz Prayers

Socializing

The Outdoors and Sizdeh-Bedar

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Fire of Spring

Omar Khayyam Selections


Pateti - Parsi New Year's Eve

The Significance of Pateti

Customs

Home Threshold Decorations

Fragrances

New Clothes

Food

Other Customs

Muktad

Patet Prayer

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Gahambar / Gahanbar
Building & Celebrating Community

What are Gahambars / Gahanbars?

Name & Meaning

Seven Acts of Piety

The Six Gahambars

Kermani Tuji Gahanbar

Observance of the Gahambar/Gahambar

Gahambar Foods

Dried Foods

Sharing & Building Community

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Zoroastrian Calendar

Organization

Overview

Types of Calendars

Differences Between The Calendars

Iranian National Calendar

First Year of the Calendar and Designation

Traditional Yazdegirdi Year

Conversion System Between Yazdegirdi & Gregorian Years

Attempts to Fix the First Year When Zarathushtra Proclaimed the Faith

Naming the Calendar Days and Months

Organization of the Zoroastrian Calendar

Intercalary / Gatha Days

Additional Hours - Leap Years

First Day of the Year, Nowruz, and Spring

The Seasons & Zodiac

The Lunar Month

The Day and Night

Divisions of the Day

Hour - Hasar/Hathra

365-Day Calendar

Zoroastrian Fasli & Gregorian Calendar

Gahambars

Forms of Month/Day Names & Meaning

Monthly Calendars

Fasli

Shenshai

Kadmi

Downloads

Pithavala's Zoroastrian Year