When is Navroz?
Navroz (Jamshed-e-Navroz) is a New Year Parsi festival and is mostly on 21st March.
Navroz is a New Year festival in the Parsi community all over the world. It is generally celebrated on 21st March. There are also some countries which follow some different customs and traditions, and celebrate Navroz twice; the first on 21st March and the second in the month of July/August, as either New Year's Eve or New Year's Dayas Pateti. It falls on the day of Equinox when the length of the day equals that of the night.
According to the Zoroastrian calendar, this festive comes in the month of Shehenshai on account of Jamshed-e-Navroz’s rejuvenation and rebirth. . This being the start of a new year, prayers are offered at the Fire Temple. The Persian people visit their temples during the day to worship Khorshed and Meher, the two divine beings who preside over the sun and the moon. The calculation of dates of the Navroz festive is based on the Parsi Calendar.
The day is celebrated with all the customs, rituals and participation. The houses are cleaned, decorated and offerings are made. Delicious traditional food items are specially made on this day. Some countries which specifically celebrate the festive are:
- Navroz is the most important holiday in Iran and is the month Esfand (or Espand), the last month of winter in the Persian solar calendar.
- Navroz is celebrated widely in Afghanistan, particularly in the northern Afghan on the first day of the Afghan New Year, March 21.
- Navroz in Tajikistan is on 20 March to 23 March. The country has a public holiday on this occasion.
- Navroz in Kashmir (or Navreh in Kashmiri) is on a date around the vernal equinox. The date usually falls between mid-March and mid-April.