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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 – 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

The new website of the 11 World Zoroastrian congress is LIVE now

The Countdown begins.

A year from TODAY –  we will welcome YOU in Perth

The new website of the 11 World Zoroastrian congress is LIVE now

Do click on link below for more information

If you have any information to add on to it, kindly do let us know

We await your views

Kindly inform your friends & family groups also -Thanks

See you at the Congress in Perth,

Enjoy life,

Firoz Pestonji


For Team 11 WZC Perth


Request for Financial Support

Request for Financial Support


One of the objectives of WZCC (World Zoroastrian Chamber of Commerce) is to get involved in Socio-Business projects to help the less fortunate Zoroastrian population in India. It is one of the objectives of FEZANA to engage in charitable activities as required by the Zoroastrian faith.

WZCC worked with WZOT (World Zoroastrian Organization Trust) and FEZANA to identify worthy projects, possibly involving Clean Water and/or Solar Energy. WZOT has identified a need to install a hot water system at the Navsari Senior Citizen Center using Solar Energy. Currently hot water is provided in buckets whilst setting up the proposed facility will make running hot water available to the residents. Plus the environmentally friendly solar energy solution will make hot water available with no or minimal ongoing operating costs.

Refer to the brochure (link below) to find out more about the Senior Citizen Center

Senior Citizen Center Brochure (Download as PDF)
People interested in supporting this project may send their donations to FEZANA.FEZANA reserves the right to use the donated funds for any exempt purposes in keeping with FEZANA’s exempt purposes; and FEZANA is not obligated to give any donations to WZOT.

You can donate online by clicking on the button below.

Donate Online
You may also pay by check. Checks should be made payable to FEZANA with notation in memo column “Navsari Senior Center Project”.Mail your checks to

Nilufer K. Shroff, FEZANA Treasurer

P.O. Box 3873, 1175 Marlkress Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034


Hosi Mehta, Hutoxi Contractor, Freyaz Shroff

Co-Chairs, FEZANA Unity and Welfare Committee

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