Monthly Archives: December 2008

Yalda Festival



The Birth of God Mithra & Significance of Winter Solstice in Iranian Culture


By Massoume Price

Edition by CAIS



Why Celebrate Yalda and not Christmas?


While the Christians celebrate Christmas, the Iranians, particularly Zarthushtis celebrate one of their most ancient celebrations, called Yalda, which means Birth. Yalda is the night of Mehr or Mithra’s birth. This is traced to the primal concept of Light and Good, against Darkness and Evil in the ancient Iranian religion. From this day forward, Light triumphs as the days grow longer and gives more light. 

 Continue reading on Yalda by clicking on the link : yalda-festival

5h Annual Asian Pacific American Policy & Resource Forum


Please find the invitation below for the 5th Annual Asian Pacific Legislative day/dinner on January 15, 2009. The Governor will be attending in the evening along with most of his cabinet and other members of the General Assembly.
Please do come as my guest to this event.
Please do RSVP to me.
Rumy Mohta, Chairman
Asian American Society of Central Virginia
Tel: 804-245-4974


To open the Invitation, click here : 5h-annual-asian-pacific-american-policy-resource-forum 


Note :


Rumy Mohta, is the chair of the Zoroastrians Association of Virginia is heading this initiative.
On the WZCC front, he has accompanied the Governor of Virginia on a trade delegation to India before. He has reached out to several Z-youth to provide them training and employment opportunities in his business.
Rumy is a person with leadership qualities we would wish to support in the activities he undertakes.  Many of these are related to Zoroastrians at interfaith fora (see past issues of FEZANA Journal) and the posting under consideration is related.

To summarize, the item on 15th Jan 2009 would fall under the rubric of a community initiative with Zoroastrian leadership which brings the Government, and businesses together in promoting the fabric of civil society. 



Courtesy : Behram Pastakia

Support These Students !!

Every year, in an effort to raise funds for their respective Schools, our students, aged 12 to 16 years from our Mumbai Secondary Schools are committed to participating in the Standard Chartered Bank’s 6 km Dream’ Run to be held in Mumbai on 18th January,2009, the 12 Pre-primary, Primary and Secondary Schools presently managed under the auspices of Sir J. J. Parsee Benevolent Institution are located in Mumbai, Valsad, Navsari and Surat. These Schools cater, irrespective of caste, creed or religion, to the academic requirements of­ over 50OO boys and girls, from various strata of society. The efforts of SJJPBI to promote the cause of education have, over the years, been widely accIaimed by the Departments of Education of their respective Governments of Maharashtra and Gujarat.

Though the Schools managed by SJJPBI are equipped with Science and Computer Laboratories and Audio-Visual Rooms, it is an on-going process for us to continuously strive to upgrade and, improve the academic activities, in order to ensure that’ education is imparted on modern lines in pleasant surroundings and using state of, art teaching aids.

We sincerely appeal to all charitable-minded individuals and corporations to encourage our students by pledging your valuable contribution in support of their endeavour In recognition of all contributions exceeding RS.3000/- (Rupees: Three Thousand Only), our students will be happy to carry a flag or banner bearing the donor’s message or logo, throughout the course of the Dream Run.

Your donation by cheque or demand draft should be drawn in favour of “Sir J. J. Parsee Benevolent Institution” and forwarded to us at Sir Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy Parsee Benevolent Institution, 209, , Dr. Dadabhai Naoroji Road, Fort, Mumb’ai-400001″ before 8th January, 2009.

Extensive cleaning work of the Banaji AtashBehram Saheb




Extensive cleaning work of the Banaji AtashBehram Saheb is going on.


This work is been done by Parsi Volunteers. This work will be carried on for three consecutive Sundays (i.e. 14/08/2008, 21/12/2008, 28/12/2008).


The work starts from 8.30 in the morning and ends at 5.30 in the evening.


All those interested can contact Mr. Cyrus Jal Siganporia (Phone Number 24711647).


The reason for registering with Cyrus Siganporia is that he has to make arrangements for tea and lunch for all the volunteers, which is provide free of cost.


A Behdin has sponsored this extensive cleaning of the AtashBehram Saheb

Courtesy : K.F.Keravala

Rural Gujarat, Story of Parsis

Written by Kaevan Umrigar –

Fwd by: Maneck Bhujwala Maneck Bhujwala dasdol4

Mon Dec 15, 2008 9:09 pm (PST)

Subject :  A forgotten People:  The Parsis of Rural Gujarat

Last January, I accompanied the Young Rathestars to rural Gujarat. The Young Rathestars are a Zoroastrian charity in Mumbai that provide financial assistance to poor Parsis in Bombay and other places in India. The purpose of their trip was to distribute food grains, other essentials and financial aid to over 70 rural Zoroastrian families in the villages around Ankleshwar.

To find out what Manek has seen & experienced in the interiors Gujarat, Click here : rural-gujarat_story-of-parsis

Courtesy : Jehangir

To know more about “The Young Rathestars” one may visit their website at

Shab-e Yalda Celebration

From:   ZAMWI Yahoo! Group

Title:   Shab-e Yalda Celebration

Date:   Saturday December 20, 2008
Time:   6:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Location:   The Colonies, 7681 Provincial Drive, McLean, VA
Street:   7681 Provincial Drive,
City State Zip:   Mclean, VA

Phone:   703-827-8388

Notes:   *Directions: From Beltway, N. Virginia, Exit 46B, right on Old Meadows Road, 1/2mile, left on Provincial Drive.

Telephone: 703-827-8388

Courtesy : Behram Pastakia

Dhaan-saak – Recipe of the month – Dec 08

Cyrus Todiwala MBE, the Proprietor and Executive Chef of the Café Spice Namasté restaurant group (Cafe Spice Namaste & The Parsee), renowned for its innovative and fresh approach to Indian cuisine, has agreed to contribute A Recipe A Month. Welcome to this first of the series – our very own Dhansak.

Prepare it with love and feeling, enjoy it to your heart’s content and share it with all – the more you share the more you will enjoy !

Here it is – Dhansak or DhaanSaak or whatever…. a rose by any other name….. Click here

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