FEZANA Reports on a Successful 31st Annual General Meeting

The 31st Annual General Meeting of the Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America was hosted by member association California Zoroastrian Center at their Dar-e-Mehr in Westminster California over 4 days.

Published on FEZANA website

Over 70 official participants formed part of a larger group of friends attended this annual event held over the last weekend of April every year.

This year’s event started with a series of programs on the Pre-AGM day Thursday April 26, 2018. A jashan ceremony organized by the North American Mobed Council and led by Ervad Zarrir Bhandara kickstarted the four day program. Ervad Bhandara was joined by other mobeds and mobedyars. This was followed by a detailed presentation on the functioning, challenges and future initiatives of the North American Mobed Council by its president Ardaviraf Minocherhomjee. In the afternoon an informative discussion was led by Dr. Dolly Dastoor and Ardeshir Irani on FEZANA’s participation in the upcoming Parliament of Worlds Religions in Toronto in November 2018. A second session was led by Rohinton Rivetna on Infrastructure needs in North America and what FEZANA and its member associations and Zarathushtis in North America can do to make some of the ideas come to fruition.

In the evening the entire group went out to Huntington Beach to see the sun set with a beautiful bonfire. The evening was planned out by Cyrus Irani and his team from the host CZC, and everyone had a memorable (and cold) time sharing stories and making memories.

The official AGM program began on Friday April 27th, 2018 with a benediction led by our Ervadsahebs. FEZANA President Homi D. Gandhi called the meeting to order and welcomed all the participants.

In a short presentation, FEZANA remembered three of its stalwarts Dhunmai Dalal, Professor Kaikhosrov D. Irani and Dr. Farhang Mehr who passed away in the last year. The contributions of these three individuals in the formation of FEZANA and their continued guidance over the last three decades was celebrated.

Homi D. Gandhi gave his Presidential address where he laid out the work done by FEZANA and its members, committee chairs and executives over the past year. He also addressed some of the success stories and asked those present to help brainstorm some of the issues we all need to address in the days months and years to come. FEZANA Vice-President Arzan Sam Wadia, Secretary Percy M. Master and FEZANA Administrator Zenobia Damania all spoke about their activities in the past year and action items for the year ahead.

Results of the elections were announced. FEZANA is happy to announce the re-election of Homi Gandhi as President for his second two year term. FEZANA also welcomed Rooky Fitter of Zoroastrian Association of California-Los Angeles as the new FEZANA Treasurer.

Homi Gandhi also thanked past FEZANA Treasurer Shirin Jahanian and past Assistant Secretary Afreed Mistry who stepped down at the end of their respective terms.

FEZANA conducts its activities through a series of Standing and Ad-hoc committees. This year we are happy to announce that the FEZANA UN-NGO committee was voted to become a Standing Committee at FEZANA.

All FEZANA committees presented the work they did right through the year in a series of presentations and annual reports. This allowed for a review of the activities of FEZANA and provided the committee chairs and member associations to find potentials to collaborate on projects that are mutual in intent.

Evening celebrations were organized by the Zoroastrian Association of California, Los Angeles at their new center in Orange, California. A humbandagi at their new Atash Kadeh began the evening festivities. The ZAC-LA kids and toddlers put up a beautiful entertainment program and ZAC-LA members Shazneen Gandhi and Gulshan Pagdiwala gave a sneak peak of their upcoming children’s book Hello World. The evening ended with an amazing spread of food enjoyed by all.

Saturday April 28, 2018; the second day of the AGM began with a benediction. This was followed by a video presentation FEZANA had made at the last Iranshah Udvada Utsav. Titled “Zarathushtis in North America: A FEZANA Perspective” it showcases the work of FEZANA in the recent past.

FEZANA and its member association CZC will also be the hosts of the 7th World Zoroastrian Youth Congress in July 2019. The Executive committee of the 7WZYC2019 made a detailed presentation at the AGM. Periodic updates on the Congress can be found on their website and Facebook page.

FEZANA AGMs are a place where member associations present their activities from the past year and this time was no different. Associations shared success stories and innovative ideas, programs and asked their fellow members for suggestions to unique problems.

The afternoon session put Hamazori in practise as various presentations were held by organizations that FEZANA works and partners with all the time. The youth participants of the Zoroastrian Return To Roots (RTR) program spoke about their recent trip to India in December 2017. The World Zoroastrian Chamber of Commerce President Edul Daver spoke about the new initiatives WZCC has put in place and outlined areas where they are collaborating and working with FEZANA and its member associations. The North American Mobed Council President Ardaviraf Minocherhomjee spoke about the work done by NAMC and an interesting discussion on the role and future of mobeds in North America followed. FEZANA Vice President Arzan Sam Wadia was a participant at the recently concluded 1st World Zoroastrian Youth Leaders Forum at the ASHA Center in United Kingdom and presented an update of that Forum and the upcoming initiatives by the attendees at the WZYLF.

Bids had been invited for hosting FEZANA’s 32nd AGM in 2019 and FEZANA Corresponding Member Central Florida Group was selected as the host of the next AGM. This is the second time that this small group within FEZANA is hosting an AGM. However in what will be a first of its kind, they will also host the WZCC Global AGM around the FEZANA AGM. Tentative dates for WZCC Global AGM and FEZANA’s 32nd AGM are early May 2019. The WZCC AGM will be over Wednesday and Thursday May 1-2, 2019. The FEZANA AGM will then begin on Friday May 3 to Sunday May 5th, with the WZCC Awards Gala Night on Saturday May 4th. The event will be held in Orlando Florida. More details on this in the weeks to follow.

Funds and Finance committee Co-Chair Ratan Mistry went over the new Budgeting procedures implemented last year for all the committee co-chairs.

The hosts California Zoroastrian Center hosted the FEZANA AGM Gala that evening at the Westminster Dar-E-Mehr. It was a beautifully organized Gala with a fantastic entertainment program that included youth Mehraban Mehin playing the Piano, Danesh Bhandara solo danced to Bollywood music, Bestoon sung some amazing Persian and English songs. The show stopper was an event compered by Meher Amalsad that saw Karate 5th degree black belt Shihan Ervad Zarrir Bhandara and Karate 1st Degree black belt perform some amazing stunts showcasing mental and physical prowess including a motorcycle plank ride over Shihan Bhandara’s abdomen !

Arman Ariane the President of the Board of Trustees of CZC felicitated Daryoush Irani and Benham Abadian for their contributions to CZC over the decades. The evening ended with a fantastic spread of Persian food and dancing.

Sunday April 29th was the last day of the AGM. After the morning benediction, Meherji Madon gave an update on the movie On Wings of Fire that has currently been restored to digital specs.

FEZANA past presidents Katayun Kapadia and Rohinton Rivetna addressed the AGM and spoke about what they have been doing since their terms ended and the initiatives they want to continue to see succeed in the years to come at both the FEZANA and the member association levels.

Since 2017, FEZANA Executive has introduced the FEZANA Open Forum which is a free-for-all discussion on a variety of topics that participants want to speak about. This has been a very valuable initiative where all the official participants and those in the audience get to express their thoughts on some of the topics discussed at the AGM and others that they would like to bring up to FEZANA.

The AGM concluded with the Closing remarks by President Homi D. Gandhi who touched upon the discussions at the AGM and FEZANA’s and his own vision for the year(s) ahead.

The post AGM session saw all of the participants drive to CZC’s Valley Dar-e-Mehr in Canoga Park to participate in the WZCC Southern Californai Chapter’s meeting. The CZC’s LA Valley Dar-e-Mehr was recently renovated with a beautiful facade restoration and everyone got an opportunity to visit this center.

WZCC Southern California Chapter event started with a video call with Danny Khursigara, the award winning author and banking professional from Hong Kong who did a Q & A with chapter Chair Kavasji Dadachanji. This was followed by an inspiring talk by Arman Ariane, who spoke about his journey and business initiatives. The keynote talk was given by Edul Daver, the Global Chairman of WZCC who spoke about his business journey with Acupowder.

A hearty Persian buffet followed the talk as participants started bidding goodbye’s with promises to meet up in a year in Orlando.

No event of this size can be successful without the countless hours of volunteer work that is put in by dozens of volunteers. The team at CZC aided by ZAC-LA completely outdid themselves in producing a truly memorable AGM with fantastic events, entertainment and great hospitality.

Courtesy : Arzan Wadia – Parsi Khabar





Change  comes to the DPA


From President Kapadia  to Kapadia and after 93 years a lady  named Khullar….Ava Khullar

The Delhi Parsi Anjuman all through its 93 years existence has been a very progressive Anjuman and a torch bearer in matters concerning the Parsi / Zarathusti community in India and elsewhere.

From 1925 till early 2018 it was continuously  headed, by some of the most eminent Zoroastrian gentlemen Delhi-ties of their times. The  first in 1925 named Mr. Kapadia the last  93 years later also named the same.
The  present and newly appointed acting president, also  has the surname coincidentally  starting with a K, 
who though a Zarathusti is the  first lady head of the  Anjuman and the first one with a non- Parsi name.

 The following have  been the Presidents that captained the  Anjuman during the its brilliant 93 not out years

1925 – 1944  Founder President Mr. Naowroji Kapadia. Business man.

1944 – 1956  Dr. Sorabji Pestonji Shroff, F.R.C.S.E, Kaiser-E-Hind, Parma Shri.  Statesman & Eminent Doctor.

1956 -1958    Mr. Khusru F. Rustomji, Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan.   Police & Civil Services

1958 -1960   Mr. Nariman B. Shroff. Director Railway Board and Chief Architect. Railways… designed Church Gate Station.

1960 – 1986  Mr. Shiavaxsha D. Nargolwala.  I.C.S.   Civil Services

1987 – 2006  Lt. Gen Adi M. Sethna. AVSM, PVSM, Padma Vibhushan.   Military

2006 – 2012  Mr. Dadi E. Mistry. Businessman.

2013 – 2018  Ervard. Yezad Kapadia.  Engineer and Zoroastrian Priest.

 (“Change happens. Without which we’d still be going 4 mph, probably in an animal driven cart, if not on our lower extremities”   Rusi Sorabji.1971)


Click Here for the PRESIDENT’S FAREWELL.

World Zoroastrian Congress – Early bird closes on 21 February 2018

Just Informing everyone that the 11th WZC speakers & programme has been uploaded on website. There will be new & innovative subjects & speakers.
Do check it out!

Early bird closes on 21 February 2018. Price for the normal registration will be $575 from 22 February 2018 (early bird is $499).

Please do inform your family and friends also. Thanks and hope to see you there!!


Zarathushtis in North America: A FEZANA Perspective

At the end of 2017 FEZANA participated in the Iranshah Udvada Utsav in Udvada, Gujarat, India. As part of the Utsav program FEZANA showcased its activities through this video presentation.

We are happy to share this with you all. The short video provides a very small glimpse of the hundreds of activities, projects and events our 26 member associations and 14 small groups do right through the year and having been doing for decades.

Do share with others and on social media to increase awareness about us….the Zarathushtis of North America !

Delhi Parsi Dharamshala

The Delhi Parsi Dharamshala is centrally located and offers comfortable and affordable accommodation in Delhi. Situated at Delhi Gate Metro Station, close to both the main railway stations, Connaught Place, Supreme Court, High Court and Pragati Maidan, it offers airy and spacious rooms that give you home-style comfort, equipped with modern amenities.

We also offer special attractive rates for large groups for weddings and other functions, long stay for students and working professionals.


Delhi Gate Metro Station, Gate No 1,
Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg
New Delhi – 110002


Zoroastrian Association of Quebec Celebrates Golden Jubilee at Glittering Gala in Montreal

North America’s oldest Zoroastrian Anjuman, the Zoroastrian Association of Montreal celebrated the 50th anniversary of its founding in 1967, with a glittering Gala function in Montreal, Canada.

ZAQ was founded in 1967 in Montreal, the same year the city hosted the eponymous Expo 67, that had then marked the centenary of Canada. Today, 50 years later the community gathered at the tony Crowne Plaza hotel to celebrate the past 5 decades and to begin the journey of the next 50.

  Pheroz Austin, the MC for the evening welcomed the sell out crowd of over 220 guests, and invited Ervad Gev Karkaria to give a benediction to begin the evening’s event. Dolly Dastoor, chair of the 50th Anniversary Organizing committee then gave an update of ZAQ’s activities introducing all the past Presidents, present in the audience, and thanked her organizing team for pulling off an excellent event. Dolly then introduced the Guest of Honour Ervad Dr. Jehan Bagli, who sadly could not be present, as he had broken his hip in a fall last Sunday and was recovering after surgery, and could not make the journey from Toronto. Ervad Bagli was ZAQ’s founding president and in many ways laid the solid foundation on which subsequent ZAQ Presidents and Boards built upon. It was at ZAQ that Ervad Bagli had started North America’s first Zoroastrian publication GAVASHNI in 1974. Gavashni was the precursor to what would in the next decade become the FEZANA JOURNAL, who’s founder editor was Ervad Bagli and current editor is Dolly Dastoor.

Dolly read out Ervad Bagli’s message, in which he thanked the community for the honour and regretted not being there in person. In his message he recalled the times in 1967 when Montreal and Quebec were going through historic times and how ZAQ was formed in the early years.

ZAQ also recognised its two priests Ervad Gev Karkaria and Ervad Jal Panthaki who have tirelessly over the past 35 years provided yoemen service as spiritual leaders of this community and region. They were both presented mementos along with their wives who have steadfastly supported them in the religious services all these years.

FEZANA President Homi D. Gandhi addressed the gathering congratulating ZAQ on behalf of all the Zarathushtis of North America. He reminisced about his visit to Montreal exactly 50 years ago at the end of a 45 day greyhound bus tour of North America, little knowing that he would be returning 50 years later to join in the festivities of ZAQ. He recognised ZAQ’s role as one of the founding member associations and having played an active part in hosting FEZANA AGMs and Congresses.

Francis Scarpaleggia the local Member of Parliament, Government of Canada congratulated ZAQ on behalf of the larger Canadian community. He was very appreciative of the community and its achievement in Montreal and said that the Zoroastrians here were a very integral part of the multicultural Canada that is today leading the world in welcoming people from all backgrounds and beliefs who have come to make Canada their home.

The formal part of the function came to an end with the awarding of ZAQ’s Lifetime Achievement Award to Dolly Dastoor. Dolly has been a pioneer in many walks of life and has led ZAQ as its President at 4 different times in its 50 year history for a total of 13 years. Ervad Gev Karkaria read out her achievements professionally and in community matters and it was a stupendous list of achievements. Dolly was completely taken by surprise at receiving this award. In her acceptance speech, she said that the Award itself did not matter as much as the recognition by the community of those who volunteer their time and took this opportunity to urge the youth to step up to the plate and give of their time and talent towards the working of the community in the years to come. Dolly has been true ZAQ treasure and continues to represent ZAQ at FEZANA and the world stage including being the only Zarathushti serving on the Board of the Parliament of World’s Religions.

Festivities were interspersed throughout the evening including a traditional welcome song in Dari sung originally at the Pir-E-Sabz. Bollywood Bhangra performers regaled the crowd with some bollywood style dance performances and then the DJ got the crowd swinging with music across all ages.

In the end a 50th Anniversary cake was cut by all the Past Presidents of ZAQ to bring the festivities to an end.

Zoroastian Association of Quebec has been a pioneering association in the North American Zoroastrian diaspora.. it brought out the first North American Zoroastrian publication GAVASHNI, was the first association to have a lady President (Dolly Dastoor), hosted a seminal Congress in the early 1980’s before the formation of FEZANA, and then became integral as a founding member of FEZANA. As a speaker said, today’s event was as much a celebration of the past 5 decades as it was one about the beginning of the next 5. ZAQ today has a great mix of the founding generation guiding and supporting the current youth in taking the association to greater heights.

Courtesy : Parsi Khabar


FEZANA Scholarships Applications Open

FEZANA is happy to announce that the application cycle for the FEZANA scholarships for 2017 is open.

FEZANA Offers the following Scholarships

ACADEMIC Scholarships

  • Mehraban and Morvorid Kheradi Endowment Scholarship for Academic Excellence: The FEZANA  Scholar
  • FEZANA 25th Anniversary Endowment  Scholarship For Academic Excellence
  • Morvarid Guiv Endowment Scholarships
  • Purvez and Aban  Rustomji Endowment Scholarship
  • Banoobai and Maneckshaw Kapadia Endowment Scholarship  for Financial Assistance
  • Dr Minocher Rustom Vesuna and Dowlat Minocher Vesuna WZO Canada Endowed Scholarships
  • Sheroo Darabsha Kolsawala Endowed Scholarship

To read the eligibility criteria and apply click here


The FEZANA Performing and Creative Arts Scholarship (P&CAS) provides financial support to Zarathustis who are performing artists in music, drama, etc. or practice other creative art forms like literature, poetry, fine arts, sculpture, painting, etc.

To read the eligibility criteria and apply click here


The Excellence in Sports Scholarship is to provide financial support to young Zarathushtis who are performing exceptionally and at highly recognized levels in any sport.

To read the eligibility criteria and apply click here

WZCC Recognition Awards – 2017

1st June 2017

As you are aware, every year, the World Zarathushti Chamber of Commerce (WZCC) honours individuals with Recognition Awards in three categories.

  • Global Outstanding Zarathushti Entrepreneur
  • Global Outstanding Zarathushti Professional
  • Global Outstanding Young Zarathushti Entrepreneur / Professional (up to age 35 years)

If you have a candidate who is a prominent Zarathushti, who fits the laid down criteria, you may nominate him/her in any of the aforementioned categories. Due consideration to be given to academic qualifications, progress in career, achievements and recognition by peers in their specific business/profession, in country of residence and world-wide, contribution made and also his/her involvement in community affairs. Appropriate weight-age to be given to achievement in the field of Trade, Business, Commerce , Economics and Industry. The nominator and the person he/she so nominates need not be a member of WZCC.

Based on the schedule determined by the Board, the nominations should be forwarded to the local Chapter Chair, before Monday, 31st July 2017. Nominations received thereafter will not be accepted. Details are available on our Website www.wzcc.org – under “Nomination Package – 2017.

Kindly note that the application should strictly adhere to the Nomination Package format to enable us to consider the same. If details are not according to the format, the application may not be considered.

In the past, earlier Awardees cherished this honour. This is, therefore, an excellent opportunity for those who nominate and those who are nominated to have this honour bestowed on them.

Please do make a conscious and determined effort to search and recommend potential Awardees.

Please rush your entries to wzccindia@on-lyne.com