Navroze Class

By Rita Jamshed Kapadia 1 comment

Parsi Feast for Navroze

Learn how Zoroastrians celebrate their milestones in life. One of them being the New Year and the coming of Spring on March 21st – Navroze/Nawruz.

Zoroastrian Jamshedi Navroze / Nowruz is

always on March 21 which is the Spring Equinox Day.

Nav” (meaning new) + “roze”(meaning day)  = “New Day”

In the Fasli/Bastani variant of the Zoroastrian calendar, Navroz is always the day of the vernal equinox (normally falling on March 21).

The Parsi New Year is celebrated as Jamshed Navroz across the world by the entire Parsi community. The festival falls on the first day of the first month of the Fasli calendar, followed by the Parsis. This falls in the month of March according to the Gregorian calendar. As the day commences with the advent of spring or Vernal Equinox, Jamshed Navroz is celebrated with immense fun and fervor. All the Zoroastrians observe this festival by performing all the rituals and rites with full devotion and duty. A particular sect of Parsis resides in the western part of India and hence, Jamshed Navroz celebrations can be prominently noticed in these regions. Go through the following lines to know more about celebrating Jamshed Navroz in India.

Commemorated in a grand and elaborate fashion, preparations for Jamshedi Navroz begin well in advance. Houses are cleaned to remove all the cobwebs and painted new. They are then adorned with different auspicious symbols, namely, stars, butterflies, birds and fish. New attires are ordered and made especially for the festival. On the day of Jamshed Navroz, people dress in their new and best clothes and put on gold and silver kustis and caps. The doors and windows are beautified with garlands of roses and jasmines. Color powders are used for creating beautiful and attractive patterns, known as rangoli, on the steps and thresholds. These intricate and creative patterns display the sanctity of the festivals. Moreover, fish and floral motifs are a favorite among rangolis and considered highly auspicious.                                          

Date: March 18, 2021

Time: 2 pm – 3:30 pm ET / 11 am – 12:30 pm PT

Live demo on zoom by Chefs Peri of


Rita of


Parsi-style Chicken Saffron Pulao

– The king of rice dishes, the parsi / persian saffron pulao is similar to the Indian Biryani.

With Roasted Cumin Raita / Yogurt on the side it is yummilicious!

Oven-baked Parsi Kavab 

– Kebabs, or meatballs, are not just Indian! All food cultures have some kind of a meatball. I love the idea that there are dishes that connect food cultures around the world, because most food culture evolves through exchange, such as travels, migration and trade.

Tilapia Patiyo 

– Prawn Patio is versatile – You can add any other Fish like Shrimps, Salmon, Haddock, mackerel.

Rose Falooda Drink 

– Stories have been written on this rose milk and I am sure poems too. Falooda is a float, a sundae or a simply delicious satisfying drink. Falooda is a dessert disguised as a drink.

Rose Syrup. Rooh Afza. Concentrate.
Available on Amazon –
Rooh Afza label

Topped with ice-cream (use your favorite flavors and the possibilities are endless). I like Vanilla or Rose Icecream, but you can use Mango, Coffee, Pineapple, Kesar, Saffron, Pistachio and so on.

The traditional drink for the parsi festival of Navroze is Falooda. “Nav” means ”New” and “Roze” means day. A new day literally on March 21st of every year which is the first day of Spring. Parsi celebrate the day in a spirit of friendship, harmony and a new start. Falooda is enjoyed as  the advent of Spring and to celebrate the sweetness of Life.

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Rita Jamshed Kapadia

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