Rocker Freddy Mercury of Queen is probably still the most famous Zoroastrian for most Americans. But the ancient religion still has followers nationwide and a New York temple in Pomona.
Saturday marks the major Zoroastrian holiday of Nowruz, translated from the Farsi as “New Day”. It falls on the Vernal Equinox, the first day of spring, and is celebrated as the Persian New Year. For Zoroastrians, the holiday celebrates kinship (friends can be kin), the beauty of spring, fresh starts and clean slates.