August 17 marks the beginning of a new year for the Parsi community. Known as Navroz or Nowruz, the event is considered to date back to almost 3,000 years and is sought to be the beginning of the Parsi calendar.
Known to be the single largest group of the Zoroastrian religious community, this day is of vital significance for the Parsis. While Zoroastrians across the world celebrated their New Year March 21, closer home the community is celebrating Navroz on August 17. While the community reveled in their merrymaking, greetings poured in from celebrities across all domains sending in their heartfelt wishes for the community.
From Politicians Smriti Irani, Home Minister Amit shah to celebrities like Sachin Tendulkar and Amitabh Bacchan also took to Twitter to extend their warm greetings for the community,
Prayers for good health, success & happiness for all. Navroz Mubarak. pic.twitter.com/W5UwPPeynI— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) August 17, 2019
On the auspicious occasion of Parsi New Year, I extend my warm greetings to all Parsi friends. May this new year bring peace, joy and good fortune in everyone’s life. #NavrozMubarak— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) August 17, 2019
Navroz Mubarak to everyone!— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 17, 2019
Lots to learn from our Parsi friends who maybe small in size but through the simple principles of “Good thoughts, good words and good deeds”, they have contributed immensely to India.
T 3260 - Happy Parsi New Year ..— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) August 17, 2019
Navroz Mubarak ..💞🙏🌹🌹🌹☘️🌿🙏💕💕 pic.twitter.com/FveWBRY5nw
While on a two- day visit to Bhutan, Prime Minister Modi also took out time from his busy schedule to wish the community on this happy occasion.
Parsi New Year greetings! Our nation is proud to be home to the dynamic Parsi community that has played a vital role in developing India. May the year ahead be full of happiness, good health and prosperity. Navroz Mubarak.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 17, 2019
In India, majority of the Parsi community resides in Mumbai and Gujarat, where a regional holiday is observed on this day. Since people in India and Pakistan follow the Shahenshahi calendar, which does not take into account leap years, the Parsi New Year is celebrated in these countries about 200 days after it is celebrated across the world.