Zoroastrianism in Greater Boston

1950s  The first ZoroastrianOriginating with the teachings of the Prophet Zarathushtra in the second millennium BCE, the ancient faith of Zoroastrianism is referred to as “the Good Religion” in the sacred texts. Zoroastrians are encouraged to live out their faith through the pra... came to Boston as a student.

 1970s  A few Zoroastrian families in Greater Boston begin to gather regularly to celebrate holidays.

Two Zoroastrian scholars at Harvard University, Dr. Dastur Kotwal and Dr. Khojeste Mistree, play a critical role in inspiring Zoroastrian families to formally organize themselves as a community.

 1983    Members of this Zoroastrian community draft and sign their constitution.

 1984    The Zoroastrian Association of the Greater Boston Area (ZAGBA) is formally recognized by the State of Massachusetts. “ZAGBA’s mission is to conduct religious, cultural, educational, and social activities to preserve and perpetuate the ideals of the Zarathushti (also known as Zoroastrian) faith.”

1990s  The Zoroastrian Students of Boston (ZSB) group begins holding monthly meetings of the Gatha Study Group on the Harvard campus. A Zoroastrian chaplainA chaplain is a member of the clergy who serves in a prison, a hospital, a college, or some other institution outside the context of the normal congregational life of a religious community. begins serving both Harvard University and MIT.

 2009    ZAGBA celebrates its 25th anniversary: once just a few families, there are now more than 150 affiliated families across New England.