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Navroze Mubarak

21st March - the day of 'Navruz' - New Day, has its origins in the Zoroastrian Religion and is celebrated by diverse communities for over 3,000 years now, in Western Asia, Central Asia, the Caucasus, the Black Sea Basin, the Balkans, and South Asia. The Zoroastrians in our dear India also celebrate Navroze.

Legend has it that in times when there were no clocks invented or any other means to calendarize time, a wise King invited Mathematicians & Astonomers to use their knowledge and recommend to him a methodology to measure a calendar period. They studied and subsequently recommended the use of 'Vernal Equinox' an astronomical phenomenon that occurred when the day & night were of equal duration in spring be used to mark commencement of a period of time 'Nav-ruz' (the new day) and the intervening period between the two sequential 'Vernal Equinoxes' to be thus measured as a year.

Firdausi in Shahnameh - The Book Of Kings, attributes the origin of Navruz to the Great Legendary Persian King Jamsheed, son of Tehmooraz of the Peshdadian Dynasty. It is thence marked and celebrated as a festival of Spring.

On 21st March, 2023 the Vernal Equinox will set off a New Year. We take this opportunity to wish all our very dear Parsi - Irani - Zarthosti friends world over

Navroze Mubarak.

The wish goes with a prayer that says

' Yazdaan Pannah Baad,

Darr Zio Shaad Baad '

(May Lord Ahura Mazda

Protect you.May you

have a happy life ahead)

Zubina & Adil Malia

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