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Sanjan Day – 16 November 2019

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This year’s annual Sanjan Day celebrations will be held on Saturday, November 16, roj Bahman mah Tir, 1389 Y.Z., at Sanjan. All Parsis are invited!


Sanjan Day celebrations will start at 8 a.m. with a Jashan performed by the Mobeds of Nargol, Saronda and other areas. At 9 a.m. a second Jashan will be performed, followed by a Humbandagi of the all-powerful two Yatha Ahu Vairyo and one Ashem Vohu.


Thereafter, a short community programme will commence, ending with a sumptuous Parsi meal! 


Gujarat Express and Flying Ranee will halt at Sanjan on Sanjan Day in both directions (courtesy: Western Railway).


Do support with donations sent via cheque in favour of: ‘Sanjan Memorial Column Local Committee’ c/o Bapsy Daviervala, Khan Bahadur’s Bungalow, Sanjan 396150 (phone number: 0260-2576229).


The 5th ANNUAL KAMRAN SEMINAR“Zoroastrianism on the Move: From Ancient Iran to Present day Iran, India and the Diaspora”Featuring Professor Albert de Jong as the 5th Kamran Seminar Fellow from Leiden University in the Netherlands, a Professor of Comparative Religion and Religions of Antiquity July 20, 2019, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm 


Sponsored by Arash the Archer, Inc., supporting research on ancient Iran and Zoroastrian history and cultureMorvarid Behziz, Mehraban Manoochehri, Ariel Ahram, Zarir Khademian, and Anne KhademianHosted by ZAWMIThe Kamran Dar-e-Mehr15316 Barnesville Road, Boyds, MD 20841Tickets are free, donations to ZAMWI and Arash the Archer, Inc. are welcome (

The 5th Annual Kamran Seminar, July 20, 2019


Featuring Professor Albert de Jong from Leiden University in the Netherlands, a Professor of Comparative Religion and Religions of Antiquity

July 20, 2019, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm 

RSVP here

Morvarid Behziz, Mehraban Manoochehri, Ariel Ahram, Zarir Khademian, and Anne Khademian

The Kamran Dar-e-Mehr

15316 Barnesville Road, Boyds, MD 20841

Tickets are free, donations to ZAMWI are welcome

As this is a lecture series, you must be 13 years or older to attend

Persia & Rome: A Tale of Two Empires, exhibition launch Thu 9th May 2019, Birmingham University

The Director of the Barber Institute of Fine Arts and the Trustees of the Henry Barber Trust cordially invite you to the exhibition launch of

A Tale of Two Empires: Rome and Persia

University of Birmingham

Thursday 9th May 2019 – 6pm

Exhibition duration – 10th May 2019 till 15th March 2020

Welcome by ZTFE Patron Lord Bilimoria CBE DL, Chancellor and Professor Michael Whitby, Pro Vice Chancellor & Head of the College of Arts and Law.

RSVP, by Monday 6th May to Alice Bewbow by email or phone 0121 414 6993.

About the exhibition:

The history of the Sasanian Empire is as integral to the history of people of Iranian, Parsi, Caucasian, and western central Asian backgrounds as the history of the Roman Empire is to the history of people of European, North African and Levantine backgrounds.  As such, it is important that they are not allowed to fade from memory.

The Sasanian dynasty put the Zoroastrian faith and Middle Persian language at the centre of their Empire’s identity, and this is reflected in their coinage, of which almost every single type bears the image of the sacred fire, tended by two watchful guardians, sometimes including the Shahanshah (king of kings) himself.  This can make Sasanian coins a challenge to display, as they are very uniform, but no less interesting for that – it demonstrated the centrality of the faith to the identity of their polity.  They also broke from the Parthian past by using the Pahlavi script to write a Persian language on their coins, rock reliefs, stamp seals and other artefacts, rather than the Greek language and script preferred by the Hellenistic Parthians.

Though the Sasanian dynasty was swept away in the seventh century by the young Caliphate, the administrative structures and cultural patterns they left behind would come to infuse the early Caliphate, and thereby a large part of the world.  Persian became a language of poetry, oratory and high culture, while descendants of the Sasanians, the Parsis, who fled Iran for India would keep that pillar of Sasanian identity, Zoroastrianism, dear to them.

A Tale of Two Empires is told through the Barber’s extensive Late Roman coin collection and its historically important Sasanian Persian cache, the exhibition explores how the ancient superpowers of Rome and Persia spun humiliating defeats and promoted their bloody victories on the small pieces of art circulating in the pockets of the masses.  With the aid of seals – on loan from the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge – it will also discuss the artistic themes and devices these two civilizations had in common.

The Barber has the second largest collection of Sasanian coins in the UK, but the collection has never played more than a very minor role in the coin gallery exhibitions. Now fully catalogued on Mimsy, the exhibition will put a spotlight on this important collection.

Yours sincerely

Malcolm M Deboo

PresidentMalcolm M DebooPresidentZoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe (Incorporated)
Oldest Asian Faith Based Voluntary Organisation in the UK; Established 1861Zartoshty Brothers Hall, Zoroastrian Centre, 440 Alexandra Avenue, Harrow, HA2 9TL, UKReligious and Cultural Centre of the Parsi & Irani Zoroastrian CommunityTel: +44 20 8866 0765  Mob: +44 78 2570 5810Email:  Website: www.ztfe.comRegistered Charity No: 277185  Company Limited by Guarantee Reg No: 1403266

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