In pics: How Parsis celebrated Navroz amid Covid-19 pandemic

The Parsi New Year which is also known as Navroz is celebrated to mark the beginning of the new Persian calendar. In the Persian language ‘Nav’ means new, and ‘Roz’ stands for the day, i.e., ‘new day’.

While Jashan was observed at fire temples across Hyderabad, Parsi community skipped its annual gathering at Zoroastrian Club in the wake of Covid-19. (Photo: Chitti Babu)

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Parsi community people celebrate Navroz at the Fire Temple in Secunderabad.
Calcutta Parsi Amateur Dramatic Club staged a play that was streamed online
Though the members of the community could not visit the Fire Temple at Deolali Camp in Nashik, some went to greet the priest and the assistant priest.
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Covid times did add caution to the Navroz celebrations in Bhopal on Monday, but there was no stopping the Parsi community from making the most of this occasion with food, fun and frolic. Dr Binaiffer Pithawalla Agrawal with her family (in photo)

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Parsi community members in Bengaluru on Monday celebrated Navroz, the Persian New Year, at the Fire Temple on Queens Road. Navroz is celebrated as a spring equinox festival throughout Zoroastrian history. Ahead of the new year, more than 800 members observed All Souls Day for the last 10 days, where they seek blessings from the departed. Shereyar Vakil, vice-president, Bengaluru Parsee Zoroastrian Anjuman, said: “It is a celebration of a new beginning. This year we hope and pray for the end of the pandemic.” In pre-Covid times, the day would see festivities, large gatherings, cultural festivities and community dinners. (Photo: K Sunil Prasad)
Parsis throng the Fire Temple in Saiyedpura area of Surat. They offered prayers at the temple and greeted each other Navroz Mubarak. (Photo: Gaurang Joshi)
Members of the Parsi community celebrated Navroz at the Fire Temple at Chawani, Indore on Monday. (Photo: Pravin Barnale)

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