Parsi New Year, a restricted holiday, is celebrated by Parsis across India to attain affluence and health. The festival normally falls in August every year according to Shahenshai calendar. It is also referred to as Jamshedi Navroj.
Parsi New Year 2018-2019
|Year||Date||Day||Festival Name||Type of Holiday||States|
|2018||17 August||Friday||Parsi New Year||Restricted Holiday (RH)||Maharashtra and Gujarat|
|2019||17 August||Saturday||Parsi New Year||Restricted Holiday (RH)||Maharashtra and Gujarat|
Description Of Parsi New Year
Jamshedi Navroj remarks the commencement of ‘New Year’ for Parsis in Gujarat and Maharashtra. Parsis are also called Zoroastrians. Zoroastrianism is one of the eldest renowned monotheistic classes established by Zoroaster. The word Navroj has been derived from two Persian words: 1) nav, which means something new; and 2) roz, which means a day.
Why Is Parsi New Year Celebrated In July Or August In India?
The Parsis residing in India will follow the Shahenshahi calendar, which will not consider leap years. So, in India, Jamshedi Navroj is celebrated in July or August every year. The festival date will vary from year to year. The Parsis staying in the United States of America (USA), Pakistan and Middle-East also celebrate this festival usually in the month of March every year. The celebrations of this festival and Nowruz spring festival will remain the same.
Celebrations Of Parsi New Year
Parsis will wear new addresses and interchange sweets and festival wishes amid themselves. They make a visit to Agiary, which are also called fire temples. On this special day, milk, fruits, flowers, sandalwood, etc., are offered to the fire. Friends, relatives and families gather to celebrate the day. They prepare profligate feats and have a common festival meal. The Parsis staying in the city of Mumbai will take part in Gujarati plays. Several restaurants in this city will serve Parsi dishes such as farcha, egg pattice, mithu dahi, sali boti, jardaloo chicken, mithu dahi, berry pulav etc.
Best Mumbai Restaurants To Visit On Jamshedi Navroj
- San-Qi: This restaurant serves conventional Parsi meals.
- Pondicherry Cafe: This restaurant not only serves Parsi dishes but also exhibits the tradition of Parsis.
- Jimmy Boy: Jimmy Boy is one of the old restaurants in Mumbai offering Parsi dishes.
Best places to celebrate Jamshedi Navroj
Mumbai: Mumbai in India is the best destination to celebrate the festival of Jamshedi Navroj. The Parsis residing in the state of Gujarat may consider visiting this beautiful city, which is unique in terms of celebrations. The theatres spread across the city play a vital role. The following plays are being exhibited in various venues in Mumbai:
- Power Fool Couple: This play is performed at Nehru Centre.
- Wife WonderFool Pappa Powerful: This play is being performed at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.
- Baba Ayo Courier Ma: This play is being exhibited at YB Chavan Auditorium.
- Bombay Bawa: Bombay Bawa is being played at Jamshed Bhabha Theatre.
Udvada: For Parsis, Udvada is a renowned pilgrimage spot. The distance between Mumbai and Udvada is just 200 km that can be travelled via train and road. The eldest and most divine fire temple in the globe, Atash Behram, is situated in Udvada. Globe Hotel and Ashishwan Hotel are the two best hotels to stay.
Navsari: Parsi can also consider visiting Navsari to celebrate the festival. It is 75 km away from Udvada. The distance can be travelled by road. The prime attraction of this place is the First Dastoor Meherji Rana Library, which offers a combination of well-protected scripts. Royal Regency and Deboo House Homestay are the best hotels to stay. Parsi dishes are served by local caterers in the town.
If you are in search of the best destination to spend quality time with your families and friends on the occasion of Parsi New Year 2018, consider the aforesaid places to visit.