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Navroz: Festive decorations and feasting
Its Navroz today, March 21, and Parsi homes and Fire Temples have been decorated and special sweets prepared and distributed with the community members wishing one another "Navroz Mubarak!"

The Parsi homes are decorated with colourful chalk powder patterns called rangolis and flower garlands swinging from the doors called torans. The rangolis that adorn the threshold of homes have motifs of fish, fire and flowers.

In the morning, it is time to dress up in new clothes and having sweet sev and ravo or vermicelli with sweet curd.  In many homes a thanksgiving table is laid with seven items to represent prosperity and joy in the New Year.

Another sweet that is popular in the festival is 'mawa ni boi' which a milk cake moulded into a fish. The fish, flowers and fire are all symbols of good luck and prosperity.

Ravo is a milk-based dessert for 'mitthoo mohnu' or to sweeten the mouth of one another for the beginning of New Year. Many Parsis also sing their old songs like ‘Chhaiye Hume Zarthosti’, which translates to mean ‘We are Zoroastrians’ and also stage comic short plays.

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