Commemorated in a grand and elaborate fashion, preparations for Navroze 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 Navroze, 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 Chok or 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.
Guests are welcomed by sprinkling rose water and rice, followed by applying a tilak. Breakfast usually consists of Sev (a vermicelli preparation roasted in ghee and choc-a-bloc with dry fruits) which is served with yogurt and enjoyed by young and old alike. After breakfast, it is time to visit the Agiary or Fire Temple to offer prayers. Special thanksgiving prayers, known as Jashan, are held and sandalwood is offered to the Holy Fire. At the end of this religious ceremony, all Parsis take the privilege to exchange new greetings with one another by saying ‘Navroze Mubarak’. Back home, special delicacies are made marking the lunch as an elaborate and delicious affair.
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Cookbook / eBook : Dhansak
Enjoy learning how to make a very mouth-watering, satisfying and healthy Parsi Dhansak Meal – with or without Meat. Book 7 of 8 in the Parsi Cuisine Series. Available worldwide and in India.
Cookbook / eBook : Tea of India
A cup of tea shared with another person is known to create a new karma each time. So next time you have a cup of tea with someone, have good thoughts, and share good words. Paperback available worldwide and a eBook for India.
Cookbook / eBook: Celebrations
Parsi Zoroastrian Ceremonies celebrated with Indian Parsi Food Recipes. Book explains how Zoroastrians celebrate the coming of Spring/Navroze/Nawruz. Paperback available worldwide and a eBook for India.
Vividh Vani (Volume 1 in Gujarati)
It gives me great pleasure to make available the RE-PRINTED “Vividh Vani” by Meherbai Jamshedji Wadia. First published in circa 1867, this mammoth cookbooks of two volumes total 1570 pages and has 2180 recipes. USA, UK, Canada.