The Parsi community across India is looking forward to celebrating the Parsi New Year today. Parsis commemorate their arrival and acceptance into their new homeland in the month of August. Originally from Persia, Parsis follow Zoroastrianism, which was founded by Zarathustra in Persia. This day is also known as Jamshed-i-Nouroz after King Jamshed, the Persian King who is believed to have introduced the Parsi calendar. People in India follow the Shahenshahi calendar, which does not take into account leap years, as a result of which the Parsi New Year is celebrated in India and Pakistan about 200 days after it is observed across the world.
Parsi New Year 2018: Date, Significance And Celebrations of The Nowruz Festival
Also known as Pateti, the celebration of Parsi New Year is said to have begun some 3000 years ago. It falls in the month of August, as per the Gregorian calendar. On this day, people pray for prosperity, health and wealth. It is known as the day of remittance of sins and repentance. People clean their homes, decorate their houses with rangoli and flowers, adorn new dresses, and visit the Fire Temple to ask for forgiveness for any mistakes committed in the past and start afresh. The celebrations today will also include feasting over an elaborate meal, where friends and families come together and celebrate the auspicious occasion with much fervour.
Parsi New Year 2018: Feast Prepared During Pateti
On the big day, people usually prepare delicacies like meethi sev dahi, mora dal chawal (also called dhan daar), machchi no patio, mutton pulao, saas ni machchi, marghi na farcha (crispy fried chicken), patra nu machli, sali boti, berry pulao, jardaloo chicken, kid gosht, cutlets, mawa ni boi, lagan nu custard, et al. Preparations start a day in advance to ensure that all the dishes are prepared perfectly and are full of flavour.
Delicious Recipes To Enjoy During Parsi New Year
Parsi mutton curry, with prominent flavours of tomatoes, onions, jaggery and vinegar, makes for a special delicacy during special occasions like the Parsi New Year. This one's going to be a star-dish among your family and friends.
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Celebrations are incomplete without the much coveted Parsi mutton cutlets. To prepare this dish, you need minced mutton, potatoes, bread crumbs, eggs and a host of spices. Don't forget to serve it with sliced onions and chutney.
Chicken farcha is a delicious Parsi recipe that is a blend of spices with a tang of lemon. It is served with your choice of dip or chutney.
Lagan nu custard is a dessert, which is usually prepared on weddings or Parsi New Year. Made with simple ingredients like milk, eggs, butter and nuts, it is a perfect dessert to celebrate joyous occasions.
Pomfret fillets coated in coconut chutney, wrapped in banana leaves and steamed to perfection, that's patra ni machchi for you. Once unwrapped, add a dash of lemon juice to enjoy the tanginess.
6. Kid Gosht
Lamb cooked in a burst of masalas, rich cashew paste and coconut milk essence, kid gosht is a festive special.
Happy Parsi New Year 2018!