Nowruz 2018: PM Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind greet Parsi community

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Mar 21, 2018, 04:36 AM(IST)

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday greeted the Parsi community on ‘Nowruz’.

“Nowruz Mubarak to the Parsi community! May the coming year further the spirit of happiness and harmony. I pray that everyone’s dreams and aspirations are fulfilled,” Modi tweeted.

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President Ram Nath Kovind also tweeted saying, "Nowruz Mubarak to everybody, especially to our small, much-loved and overachieving Parsi community. May the coming year be happy and fulfilling."

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The miniscule Parsi community, accounting to about 68,000 worldwide, celebrates ‘Nowruz’ with religious fervour, traditional pomp and feasting.

The day starts with an early morning bath and prayers, purifying the homes by burning incense and donning traditional outfits specially prepared for the occasion.

The families then visit an agiary or a holy Fire Temple to pray for the departed souls, ending the 10 days ritual of remembering the ancestors.

This is usually followed by a special lunch with the menu comprising delicious red fish patia, salli-marghi, salli-boti, yellow-dal rice, Parsi style chicken and mutton biryanis, washed down with a variety of beverages and topped off by a selection of custards, sweetmeats, ice-creams and cakes.

The Parsi community features in Unesco’s list of endangered communities and special efforts are being made both within the community and outside made to increase their numbers and save from possible extinction.

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