Category Archives: Calendar

Let us celebrate Now Ruz the ZOROASTRIAN WAY

For the last 1401 years, our brethren in the homeland of Zarathustra have been under pressure. To be able to celebrate their ancient festivals they have at times de-Zoroastrianized it and at other times camouflaged it.

A 21st-century example is the celebration of the Espandegan festival see poster attached. It is common knowledge that when the name of the Day and the name of the Month coincide that day is celebrated as a festival. So Espandegan should be celebrated in the Month of Espand on the Day of Espand. According to the attached poster it is celebrated in the month of Bahman ۲۹ بهمن.  Ignoring the customs under duress is understandable and is not the question here. The point here is, those of us who live in the free world let us not copy them but do what is right, celebrate the Festivals in the Zoroastrian way. Therefore  

  1. Let us NOT CELEBRATE the 1401 or the 1371st year of the fall of the Persian Empire 
  2. Let us instead celebrate the 3760 years of the teaching of Zarathushtra
  3. Let us spread the Now Ruz table that reminds us of the teaching of Zarathushtra as in the Gathas not the medical qualities of Garlic (Seer) Apple (Seeb) etc. 
  4. Let us learn about and honour the HEROES who fought for the honour of our sisters and children.



With Regards

Fariborz Rahnamoon


NAMC – Upcoming Courses

NAMC Institute of Zoroastrian Studies


Upcoming Courses – Spring and Summer 2022


Dates Topic  
February 14,2022 to

March 19,2022

Zoroastrianism in Zoroastrian Dynasties  
March 21,2022 to

April 23, 2022

Basic Zoroastrian Prayers – Recital and Meaning  
May 2,2022 to

June 4, 2022

Zoroastrianism in Post-Sassanian Iran  
June 6,2022 to

July 16, 2022

September 5, 2022 to

October 8, 2022

An Introduction to Zoroastrianism  



For Course information please visit

Non-Zoroastrians’ names in Zoroastrian prayers?

NAMC Institute of Zoroastrian Studies

Discussion Group – Zoroastrianism outside the Box

Sunday, January 23, 2022,  at 2 pm Eastern, 11 am Pacific

Topic: Non-Zoroastrians’ names in Zoroastrian prayers?

Zoom Link:

                        Meeting ID:  822 5506 7379            Passcode: NAMCIZS

Could non-Zoroastrians’ names be recited in Zoroastrian prayers and rituals? Are there scriptural restrictions? Are Zoroastrians prohibited from offering prayers for their dearly departed non-Zoroastrian spouse or loved ones? Do meaning of prayers make it inappropriate?  – Let us discuss.


Presenter: Ervad Poras Balsara

 Ervad Poras T. Balsara is a Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).    He has been actively serving the Zoroastrian community in the Dallas/Fort Worth area as a volunteer Mobed and in several other capacities.


This event is facilitated by the NAMC Institute of Zoroastrian Studies to promote knowledge through free but respectful discussion and debate.  The views and opinions expressed during this discussions are those of the presenter and participants and do not reflect the official policy or position of the NAMC.

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Zoroastrian Voices at the Parliament of World’s Religions 2021

This weekend the 2021 Parliament of World’s Religions will be held completely virtually. Over 48 hours, there will be hundreds of presentations viewed by thousands of attendees who have registered and signed up.

As in past PoWR, FEZANA has taken the lead in organizing representation of Zoroastrian voices at the Parliament.

You can view a complete list of all presentations/talks/seminars/workshops and pleneries by Zoroastrians on the FEZANA website.

Note the date and time per your interest and log in to watch.

You do need to register to be a participant. Registration is still open.

Details and Full Schedule here

Zoroastrian Event Schedule at PoWR 2021

Zoroastrian Calendar with Historical Family Events

Objective of Utility:

  • To generate and merging of the Zoroastrian (Shensahi or Kadmi or Fasli) Calendar for any year, along with the family’s private historical milestones and anniversaries.
  • The anniversary details can be “exported” to any other calendar systems.

Functionality Overview:

The utility is an offline MS Excel workbook with macro which has “organically” grown over time.

The family milestones are recorded with the following attributes:

  • Event’s name, description, event’s Mah/Roj combination, Gregorian Date, etc
  • Define the event as a yearly or monthly(ie repeat for each “Roj”) event
  • Whether the event should be sent to any external calendar interface or not.

The utility generates the calendar for any year, in four different formats (as 4 separate Excel sheets).  Which can then be printed as desired?

Various miscellaneous functions have been provided.

  • Formatted printout of the inputted Milestone events.
    • Validation of the inputted milestone data. (i.e. month(Mah) and day(Roj) combination with the Event’s Gregorian date).
    • Copy of the Milestone events data for any analysis/sorting in a separate sheet. (e.g. age in days of the event, etc)


  • Excel Macro must be enabled when the Excel workbook is opened.
  • The milestone data for all different Zoroastrian Calendar systems are stored separately.

But only one is visible at any point of time.

  • All other sheets (e.g. Generated calendars, etc) are common to the system.  Thus a regeneration of the calendar system will be required if the Zoroastrian calendar system changes. There are no restrictions on how many times the calendar generation or other functions are executed.
  • Switching the Zoroastrian calendar system would show the previously stored data for the respective Zoroastrian calendar system.

Author:              Zarir Daruwalla  (

Comments/Suggestions/Enhancements/Bugs/Errors welcomed.

You may download the Utility as an Excel File – Click Here for the download link

Zarir J Daruwalla

Zarir Daruwalla is a retired Information Technology  professional with over 30 years of experience in various aspect of Information Technology.  Before retirement, he has worked in various sections of the IT department,  at the senior management level. He was involved in design,  building and running of a number of large IT systems.

He has over 20 years experience in the logistics domain.

He is passionate about mentoring others in various IT and logistics domain topics.

Parsi Calendar – 2021-22 – A Fresh New Look!

Click Here – to purchase the calendar in India

Welcome this year with a new look for the Parsi Calendar. See this new year differently, with happy illustrations and bright colors, made especially for kids and kids-at-heart!

Easy to read and understand, with gorgeous illustrations and inspirational quotes every month, this calendar helps kids familiarize themselves with the parsi months and days. Mark special days for the kids (especially birthdays of their friends and family) to help them stay connected to their roots. But most importantly, I hope this calendar brings you joy and fun with every passing month.

Delzin Choksey, Crispy Doodles

Webinar – An Evening with Yazdi Karanjia

Jiyo Parsi Friday Forum – An Evening with Yazdi Karanjia; 28 May 6 pm IST onwards
Come join us for an evening of fun, laughter and interesting insights into the life of legendary theater artist and director, educator and social worker par excellence Yazdi Karanjia in conversation with his lovely daughter Maharukh Chichgar, renowned actor, educator, entrepreneur and motivational speaker. They will take us down memory lane and discuss Parsi theater through the decades.
Meeting ID: 990 252 6711
Passcode: jiyoparsi

Behram Yazad Jashan

A Behram Yazad Jashan will be performed at the ZAC Atashkadeh/Agiyary to receive a divine intervention on  Behram roj, Sunday 2nd May at  7:30 PM IST.

This Behram Yazad Jashan is performed to achieve Victory over the virus in India and to bring about Health,  Strength, Wealth, Longevity, and Happiness amongst our community members and all human beings. Please participate in this Jashan, Humbandagi, and a brief talk to bring the powerful vibrations of our prayers into your homes by clicking on the following Zoom link

Topic: Behram Yazad Jashan to Achieve Victory over the virus in India & to Bring about Good Times

Time: Sunday, May 2, 2021, 07:30 PM IST

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 876 7853 7350

Passcode: prayers

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