With feasts & prayers, Parsis usher in Navroz

THANE: Parsis residing in the lake-city ushered in their on Wednesday with special prayers and festivities.
After spending the past five days in looking back at their actions through the year, asking for forgiveness for their wrongdoings and making amends with those they have offended, these Thaneites spent the first day of their New Year in visiting the fire temple and feasting over traditional delicacies.

“We started our New Year celebrations by visiting the agiary. On this day we pray for good health, productivity, wealth and prosperity in the New Year. We make sure that the celebration throughout the day has the four crucial Fs which stand for fire and fragrance, food and friendship, where we share traditional meals with our family and friends,” said , a resident.

“This day signifies the period to forgive and forget the sins of the past year and start anew. This entire week is a season of new beginnings and celebration,” added a member of the Parsi Zoroastrian Anjuman Trust. While their Navroz festivities with prayers, the community spent the rest of the day cooking, eating and sharing traditional sweet and savoury delicacies.

“Food is a huge part of our celebrations and any event is incomplete without boti, patrani machhi, dhansaak and other meat and fish dishes. As we don’t get as much time to cook a massive meal because of our busy schedules, a few friends come together and we have a potluck. While my friends were in charge of main course, I prepared the vermicelli and mava sweets,” said , another Thaneite.

“My wife and I took leave to celebrate our one-year-old’s first New Year. After visiting the agiary, we went out for lunch at a famous Parsi restaurant in fort that I had been going to since I was a child. We spent the rest of the day visiting relatives and friends,” said 34-year-old Frehaan Shokri, who recently shifted to Thane.

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