Zoroastrianism

California Zoroastrian Center (CZC)

Located in Westminster, California, this is the largest Zoroastrian center outside of Iran, India, and Pakistan; publishes the Zoroastrian Journal.

mobed

A mobed is a man with knowledge; in common usage, this term refers to a Zoroastrian priest of any category or rank. Zoroastrians recognize an hereditary priesthood; one must be born into a mobed family in order to become a priest.

Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America

FEZANA, the Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America, was founded in 1986 to serve as an umbrella organization for Zoroastrian associations in the U.S. and Canada. This organization publishes the quarterly FEZANA Journal and sponsors numerous congresses, committees, and special events.

Ahura Mazda

Ahura Mazda in the Avestan language is the “Lord of Life and Wisdom,” the one supreme and infinite God, as taught by the Prophet Zarathushtra. Ahura Mazda’s divine attributes, which humans are taught to emulate, include: the good mind; the divine law of righteousness, justice, and truth; divine majesty and power; divine love and benevolent devotion; perfection and immortality.

Zoroastrianism

Originating 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 practice of “Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds.” Today, many Zoroastrians refer to themselves as “Zarthushtis.”

Navroz

Navroz is the Zoroastrian New Year. Contemporary Zoroastrians observe three distinct religious calendars: Fasli, Shenshai, and Kadmi. Accordingly, three New Year celebrations are also observed. “Jamshedi Navroz” takes its name from King Jamshed, and occurs at the time of the Spring Equinox.

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