Low-key Navroz celebrations for Parsi families in twin cities of Hyderabad | Hyderabad News – Times of India


HYDERABAD: A population of 450 Parsi families in the city celebrated a low-key Navroz, the Parsi new year, on Monday due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
While ‘Jashan’ (thanksgiving prayer ceremony) was organised in all the fire temples across the city while following Covid-19 appropriate behaviour, the Parsi community skipped its annual gathering and sit-down dinner at the Zoroastrian Club. Instead, families celebrated the new year with traditional meals that included Dhandar (yellow lentil), white steamed rice, and fried fish or prawn Patia (sweet and spicy curry). They savoured the meal with sweets made out of Sewai, Rawa and yogurt.
“Every year, we all come together to celebrate this day with much fervour. However, this year too, we had to restrict our celebrations at home due to the pandemic. People wore new clothes and visited the fire temple for the Jashan,” said Beynaiz Edulji, member of the community.
Prior to the new year, the community observed Muktad in which they mourn for the departed souls and thank their ancestors. “During this time, one would find all Parsi households would decorate flowers in Silver vases that are dedicated to the departed souls,” said Edulji.
The community’s dwindling population continues to be a concern as the number of Parsis in the city have come down from 1,200 to 1,000 in last few years. Elders from the community point out that the ‘Jiyo Parsi scheme encourages people from their community to have three children.

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