Zoroastrianism

Celebrating an Ancient Zoroastrian Holiday in America

March 16, 2005

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A38244-2005Mar15.html

On March 16, 2005 The Washington Post reported, "at first glance, it looked as if techno-pop arsonists had taken over the University of Maryland's Shady Grove campus. A pounding bass beat rocked the parking lot, and the scent of cologne mingled with smoke as people in dark coats fanned a row of fires on the asphalt. 'Go on, jump!' a mother urged as her small...

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Parsi Community Struggles with Decision to Join International Zoroastrian Organization

March 1, 2005

Source: Mid-Day

http://ww1.mid-day.com/news/city/2005/march/104630.htm

On March 1, 2005 Mid-Day reported, "The Bombay Parsee Punchayet (BPP) wants to join an organisation called the International Zoroastrian Organisation, largely promoted by diaspora in North America, which is liberal about accepting non-Parsis to Zoroastrianism. But thousands in the community who protested in Gujarat on Sunday say the community’s vast religious properties could be in danger...

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Global Zoroastrian Community Struggles with Conversion Issue

February 24, 2005

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1031382.cms

On February 24, 2005 The Times of India reported, "The dwindling Parsi community is now faced with a new threat. A possible solution to the problem of diminishing numbers has split the community — the Indian members are taking on Parsis from abroad for embarking on a conversion drive to boost the population. A large number of Indian Parsis have said a resounding ‘no' to...

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Interfaith Prayer Vigil for Tsunami Victims Held in New Delhi

January 2, 2005

Source: Central Chronicle

http://www.centralchronicle.com/20050102/0201011.htm

On January 2, 2005 Central Chronicle reported, "Heads of various religions gathered here today to offer joint prayers for the victims of Tsunami tragedy. Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Zorastrian and Jew leaders took part in an interfaith prayer meeting held at Gandhi Smriti Bhavan and expressed solidarity and empathy with thousands of affected people. The religious heads said people of every...

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Iranians Celebrate "Yalda," Longest Night of Year, Victory of Good Over Evil

December 21, 2004

Source: Payvand

http://www.payvand.com/news/04/dec/1174.html

On December 21, 2004 Payvand reported, "Millions of Iranians all over the world Monday night will celebrate 'Yalda', the longest night of the year and the first night of winter as a token of victory of the angel of goodness over the devil of badness. 'Yalda' is a Syriac word meaning birth and according to Mithraism, a faith that initially originated from Persia and later spread out throughout the ancient civilized...

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Zoroastrian Population Declines, Faith in Danger of Dying Out

November 10, 2004

Source: The Australian

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,11337640%255E2703,00.html

On November 10, 2004 The Australian reported, "They have survived as exiles for 23 centuries, since Alexander the Great drove them from their Persian homeland all the way to the western shores of India, where they took refuge and flourished. They found favour with the British, taking high office during the Raj, and founded...

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Interfaith Members Support Each Other's Holiday Celebrations

September 23, 2004

Source: yorkregion.com

http ://w ww.yorkregion.com/yr/opinion/letter/story/2228323p-2582634c.html

On September 23, 2004 yorkregion.com ran a letter to the editor from Ghulam Abbas Sajan, co-chairperson of Mosaic, an interfaith organization. Sajan writes, "The goal of Mosaic is to learn and respect each other's religion. This way there is no hate if we co-exist. In line with that goal, we have instituted social action activities, among which is one where representatives of our seven religions -- Buddhism, Christianity,...

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Zoroastrians Request Heritage Site Status for Fire Temples

June 28, 2004

Source: Gulf News

http://www.gulf-news.com/Articles/World2.asp?ArticleID=124893

On June 28, 2004 Gulf News reported, "The Parsi Zoroastrian community in the city is fighting to protect nearly 50 fire temples from being taken over by developers, and wants the state government to declare them as heritage sites. 'To begin with, we want the four Atash Behrams in the city (out of the eight major fire temples in the world) to be upgraded as Grade II heritage sites...

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Zoroastrians Make Annual Pilgrimage to Mountain Cave

June 17, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3816297.stm

On June 17, 2004 the BBC News reported, "Members of Iran's dwindling Zoroastrian community are making their annual pilgrimage to the temple in the rocky mountain of Chakchak. The desert site near the central city of Yazd is holy to the minority whose numbers are said to have halved to 22,000 since the 1979 Islamic revolution. It is believed the last Zoroastrian princess sheltered from the Muslims in a...

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Controversy Over Accepting Converts as Birthrate Falls Among Zoroastrians

April 20, 2004

Source: The Baltimore Sun

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nationworld/bal-te.journal20apr20,0,336033.column?coll=bal-nationworld-utility

On April 20, 2004 The Baltimore Sun reported, "For centuries this city has been the citadel where Zoroastrianism, the world's oldest prophetic religion, has preserved itself and prospered in the face of overwhelming odds. Now, demographers say, Zoroastrians in Bombay and...

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