Celebrating Jamshed-e-Navroz


Jamshed-e-Navroz  is celebrated on the first day of the first month of the Zoroastrian year. This day celebrates the advent of spring and also marks the transition from winter to summer.

Jamshed-e-Navroz is mentioned in the Persian Book of Kings or Shah Nemeh. This festival was first celebrated by King Jamshed, after whom it is named. 'Nav' means 'new' and 'roz' means 'day'. The day symbolises the spirit of friendship, happiness and harmony. Homes are decorated with auspicious symbols like stars, butterflies, birds and fish and guests are welcomed by sprinkling rosewater and rice.

Traditionally, on this day people decorate a table with a copy of the Gathas (a book containing 17 sacred hymns), a lit lamp, a bowl of water containing live fish, a shallow plate with sprouted wheat or beans to symbolise prosperity, a silver coin symbolising wealth, flowers symbolising colour, painted eggs symbolising productivity, sweets and rosewater. The arrangement also contains seven foods beginning with the letters 'sh' and 's' to symbolize creation. Falooda is a traditional drink consumed on Jamshed-e-Navroz. It is prepared with cold milk and flavoured with sugar and rosewater.

Celebrations end on the 13th day. This day is known as Sizdah Be Dar. On this day, people throw their sabzeh (seeds grown at Navroz) into a river. Some unmarried girls knot sprouts of sabzeh and wish for good fortune.

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