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Welcoming the Blessed Spirits with Bonfires and the 10 days of Introspection and Reflection before Spring


The last ten days before Vernal Equinox/New Year are a time of reflection and introspection among Zoroastrians. Not only we thoroughly clean and beautify our homes, but must come clean mentally/spiritually, about our motives and actions before the new year/spring … Continue reading

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Ármaiti, Perfect Mediation, Firm Foundation,


The festival of the Auspicious Ármaiti falls on February 18th in the Zoroastrian sacred calendar. Per our age-old tradition, every year, we write verses from the Avesta (“sacred songs/poetry” of the Zoroastrians) on a piece of parchment paper and affix the … Continue reading

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The Winter Festival of Sadæ and the Discovery of Fire


The Zoroastrians celebrate their major winter festival called sadæ on the fortieth day after the winter solstice. It is believed that fortieth (also known as “čellae” in Persian) is the most freezing night of winter. The festivities start on January 24th, culminate … Continue reading

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Solstice rites, lights and Lamps in the Zoroastrian customs and tradition


A characteristic aspect of Zoroastrianism is its veneration of light/fire. The elaborate cult of fire is one of the most distinctive and striking aspects of the Zoroastrian faith and goes back to the earliest periods of the ancient Indo-European spiritual … Continue reading

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APÁM NAPÁTThe Grand Child/Descendant of the Waters


November 15 marks the last day of the month of waters in the Zoroastrian calendar. In ancient Zoroastrianism, a splendid god-force associated with waters known as ápam napát is honored during prayers at each sunset. Apám Napát refers to some … Continue reading

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Water as a symbol of memory, deepest wisdom/inspiration in Zoroastrianism


October 26th marks the festival of waters. The hymn or Yašt to waters is among the longest and most beautiful in the sacred Avestan literature. In Zoroastrian worship both fire and water play a crucial role. The month of waters “ábán” … Continue reading

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Evil as undead Monster and the Supreme Importance of SpaceTime in Zoroastrianism


October 12 marks the thanksgiving festival of ayáthrim when the cows/cattle decorated in flowers, are brought back home to their warm shelters. The ayáthrim is a festive time to lead cattle from their summer meadows back to their shelters and … Continue reading

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The Autumnal Equinox and the Zoroastrian Paitiš.hahiia and Mehregán festival


In the Zoroastrian religious calendar, the celebration of autumnal equinox is closely associated with Mehregán and the Old Avestan paitiš.hahaiia festival.  Mehregán is a celebration of Miθrá, the god-force of “reciprocity, friendship” who is embodied in the first appearance of light … Continue reading

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The Magic Fire and the Final Fiery Trial by Molten Metal in ancient Zoroastrianism


In Norse mythology, Ragnarök (Fate of the Reigning-Gods) is the cataclysmic, final battle between the forces of order and those of chaos. Ragnarök marks the pivotal event that ends the nine realms/worlds of Norse Cosmology. All the nine realms/worlds will … Continue reading

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Parsi new year, the 3 Zoroastrian calendars and the rite of celebrating the blessed spirits and the heroic dead


Parsi new year, the 3 Zoroastrian calendars and the rite of celebrating the blessed spirits and the heroic dead August 16 marks the beginning of the Parsi new year. Parsis are the Zoroastrians of India who follow the Yazdgirdi calendar … Continue reading

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