Parsi New Year from Around The World
NDTV Cooks | Updated: August 19, 2014 11:00 IST
Navroz or Nowruz, is the first day of the first month of the Zoroastrian new year and brings with it a lot of festivities and good luck. 'Nav' means new and 'roz' means day, and according to Parsis, it's a dawn of the New Year.
The origin of Navroz
Over 3000 years ago, Shah Jamshed of the Persian dynasty ascended the throne on Navroz. It was the day of the Equinox - a day when light and darkness stand on an equal scale of space and time and when the length of the day equals the length of the night. Hence, the day was named Navroz and is celebrated all around the world with much enthusiasm and an elaborate spread of delicious Parsi food.
Navroz is a new awakening, a day of introspection about your thoughts and spiritual consciousness. It's a day of paying respect to the many miracles that happen around the world. Everything old, everything cruel turns a new leaf and represents a new year and a new beginning.
Food and feasting play a pivotal role on this day. Parsis love to spend hours cooking and put up a mind-blowing spread for the big day. In the morning, you'll usually see two popular dishes, one is 'Ravo' which is made with suji, milk and sugar, and the other is 'Sewai' or vermicelli. Lunch or dinner features Parsi pulav, fish in green masala and dal and dhansak (More: A compilation of the 10 best Parsi recipes).
Take a peek into Navroz celebrations from around the world.
Sev and Dahi
Shehenshahi Kheema Pulao
Rice, Mutton and Kabuli Salad
Mutton Dhansak, Akoori and Brown Rice
Cheese Eeda Cutlets, Shehenshahi Kheema Pulao and Saas ma Prawns
Biryani, Shrimpcurry, Spaghetti Bolognese, Kichri and Beef
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