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Indian Parsis all set to celebrate New Year Day Navroz
Among the Parsi community in India, it is the time of remembrance and prayers. For the last one week that was marked by prayers at homes and Fire Temples, the community is all set to celebrate their New Year in the form of Navroz festival on March 20.

Before the Navroz festival, Parsis clean and decorate their houses with festival motifs, put rangoli on threshold of their houses and buy new clothes to be put on the auspicious occasion of Navroz.

However, ten days prior to the festival, Parsi families approach the priests of the fire temples for keeping a vase of flowers in a special prayer room in memory of departed souls and forefathers. They visit the temple till the day of Navroz to pray and change the flowers each day.

On the morning of Navroz, Parsis donate sandalwood pieces to the fire temple to be added to the fire.

Navroz, is day of festivities and feasting. The most common sweets are the large jalebis and Sutarfeni made from vermicelli. The day is also marked by family get-togethers, visiting relatives and friends, cultural events, exchange of gifts as a part of the festivities.

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