Zoroastrian Holidays and Festivals


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Zoroastrian Holidays and Festivals

Zoroastrian Holidays and Festivals

Zoroastrians celebrate a variety of holidays. Some of them celebrate points in time such as Naw-Ruz, which is their new year or celebrating solar events, such as the winter solstice. Other holidays are dedicated to particular spirits or mark historic events, notably the death of their founder, Zoroaster.

Zoroastrians reading their holy book, or Avesta, during a Nowruz ceremony held at the Rostam Bagh fire temple in Tehran, Iran.
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Naw-Ruz, also spelled Nowruz as well as other variants, is an ancient Persian holiday celebrating the new year. It is one of only two festivals mentioned by Zoroaster in the Avesta, the only holy Zoroastrian scriptures written by Zoroaster himself. It is celebrated as a holy day by two religions: Zoroastrianism and the Baha’i Faith. In addition, other Iranians (Persians) also commonly celebrate it as a secular holiday.

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