Navroze in Asia and Australia

Across Asia & Australia, Navroz celebrations are enjoyed by combining Indian and Iranian traditions with life in the Southern hemisphere.

Learning about your Legacy by Anya PanthakyOriginal Source: Anya Panthaky

What is Navroz?

Thanksgiving is taught to children who understand the environmental importance of protecting Nature through Navroz symbolism.

PZAS by Natasha KaranjiaOriginal Source: Natasha Karanjia

The Parsis of Singapore

Across S. E. Asia, the Diaspora continues Navroz celebrations, preparing the Haft Seen Table & exhibiting it proudly in their Museum exhibition created with Parzor, entitled Joyous Flame

Joyous Flame Inauguration in Singapore, Edwin Tong, 2022, Original Source: Edwin Tong
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Joyous Flame Inauguration - Singapore, Edwin Tong, 2022, Original Source: Edwin Tong
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Joyous Flame Inauguration, Edwin Tong, 2022, Original Source: Edwin Tong
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Singapore Minister for Culture, Edwin Tong inaugurates Joyous Flame at the Museum created jointly by Parzor with PZAS, Zoroastrian House, Singapore, Navroze 2022. ´It is a community of deep roots and tall branches´- Edwin Tong

Hong Kong Navroze by Farida Neville ShroffOriginal Source: Farida Neville Shroff

Hong Kong Celebrations

Hong Kong celebrates Navroz with a combination of a Persian Haft Seen Table and the Parsi Ses which is a silver metallic version of the silk Sofreh of Iran.

Toran, Farida Neville Shroff, Original Source: Farida Neville Shroff
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Parsi Chalk, Farida Neville Shroff Hong Kong, Original Source: Farida Neville Shroff Hong Kong
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Parsi Cap and Calendar, Farida Neville Shroff Hong Kong, Original Source: Farida Neville Shroff Hong Kong
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Parsi Chowk welcomes participants at the entrance, while a Parsi Calendar with the mandatory caps & scarves awaits the community for the Jashan at the Zoroastrian Charity Funds of Hong Kong, Canton and Macao (Macau). Courtesy Farida Neville Shroff

Sweets by Anya PanthakyOriginal Source: Anya Panthaky

Navroz in Australia

Food and fruits from the Southern Hemisphere make Navroz in Australia unusual and yet authentic.

Sweets and Delicacies, Anya Panthaky, Original Source: Anya Panthaky
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Persian Poet, Anya Panthaky, Original Source: Anya Panthaky
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Sabzeh, Anya Panthaky, Original Source: Anya Panthaky
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Navroze Australia, Anya Panthaky, Original Source: Anya Panthaky
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Hyacinths, Pomegranates & amazing sweets are part of a display which includes Persian poets & poetry. Courtesy Anya Panthaky, AZA, Sydney

Children are the future

Children are at the heart of Navroz & symbolize the future of the community wherever they are be it Australia or America. Courtesy Anya Panthaky, AZA, A

Adaptation & Continuity

The difference of climate & the ability to adapt to whatever region of the world they inhabit marks the Zoroastrian Diaspora. The dancers appear in dresses or in traditional costumes costumes but their enjoyment is the same.

Portrait of Zarathustra, Anya Panthaky, Original Source: Anya Panthaky
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Ceramics haft seen, Anya Panthaky, Original Source: Anya Panthaky
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Beautiful Iranian ceramics, the Sofreh & installations mark Australian celebrations which bring together the Iranian & Indian Zoroastrians in harmony & joy.  Courtesy Anya Panthaky, AZA

Navroz at the Powerhouse Museum

The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney is a Centre for the Zoroastrian Community and creates friendships and bonds sometimes far away from an original homeland. Courtesy Anya Panthaky, Australia

Eidi - The Children’s favourite gift, Anya Panthaky, Original Source: Anya Panthaky
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Sikkeh, Anya Panthaky, Original Source: Anya Panthaky
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Coins or Sikkeh  are a part of the Table as well as representative of the gifts of cash or eidi, which every child looks forward to across the world.  Courtesy Anya Panthaky, Australia

Families & friends bring in the New Year, Farida Irani, Original Source: Farida Irani
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Traditional costumes, Farida Irani and Anya Panthaky, Original Source: Farida Irani and Anya Panthaky
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The community celebrates in Iranian & Indian traditional costumes along with the priests, making children realize their joint heritage. Courtesy Farida Irani & Anya Panthaky, Australia

Dagli Boy Band, Farida Irani, Original Source: Farida Irani
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Traditional dresses, Farida Irani, Original Source: Farida Irani
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Dagli Boys Band always make everyone rock’. The Dagli is the traditional Parsi male costume of a pure white cotton coat & trousers worn over a white shirt. White symbolizes purity in the Zoroastrian tradition. Courtesy Farida Irani, Australia

Cover of Manashini by Anya PanthakyOriginal Source: Anya Panthaky

Australian Zoroastrian Association Magazine Navroze Cover

196, Annangrove Road, Annangrove, NSW, Australia has become home for Zoroastrians in Australia. They come together from different parts of the world to find friendship & build a new life. Three generations now inhabit this Diaspora & the children are Aussies. 

Manashni article page 1, Farida Irani, Original Source: Farida Irani
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Manashni article page 2, Farida Irani, Original Source: Farida Irani
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Navroz by Farida Irani

Navroz Dances

Dancing is key at Navroz be it a traditional Parsi Garba or just enjoying the music. Courtesy Anya Panthaky, Australia

Credits: Story

Creator: Dr. Shernaz Cama, Mahtab Irani & Neeru Negi, Parzor Foundation
 
Natasha Karanjia, PZAS, Singapore
Farida Neville Shroff, Hong Kong
Anya Panthaky, Australian Zoroastrian Association, Sydney, Australia
Farida Irani & Azita Pourshasb, Australia

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