Zoroastrianism

Silicon Valley Persian Festival, Parade Kick off New Year

March 21, 2008

Author: Crystal Lu

Source: The Mercury News/Bay Area News Group

http://www.mercurynews.com/valley/ci_8654555

Persian New Year arrived in Silicon Valley at 10:48:19 p.m. March 19. Every year the 13-day festival starts at the exact second of the vernal equinox, depending on when the sun directly faces the Earth's equator between March 19 and 21.

Thousands of Iranian-Americans in Silicon Valley seized this first moment of spring to say "Happy New...

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Blessed Friday as Religious Festivals Harmonise

March 20, 2008

Author: Aroosa Masroor

Source: The International News

http://www.thenews.com.pk/print1.asp?id=102278

March 21 will be of special significance this year as the calendars of five different religions will coincide, giving each faith a reason to celebrate the day.

As Muslims celebrate Eid Milad-un-Nabi (the birth of Prophet Muhammad PBUH) on Friday, Christians will mark the crucifixion and death of Jesus as Good Friday, while Hindus and...

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U.S. Zeal for Iran's Non-Muslims Faulted

March 1, 2008

Author: Thomas Erdbrink and Karin Brulliard

Source: Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/29/AR2008022903488.html

For decades the United States has funded an effort intended to help Christians, Zoroastrians and Jews escape persecution in Iran. Now some of their leaders are questioning American motives as sects that have endured here for thousands of years dwindle...

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Indian Parsis Seek NCM’s Help to Dispose of Dead

December 1, 2007

Author: Iftikhar Gilani

Source: Pakistan Daily Times

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2007%5C12%5C01%5Cstory_1-12-2007_pg7_9

India’s official National Commission for Minorities (NCM) has come to the rescue of the tiny Parsi community, which is worried over the disposal of their dead because of the dwindling population of vultures.

It has decided to set up a nursery for breeding vultures...

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Youth, Entrepreneurship are Focus of Ancient Faith

July 7, 2007

Author: Rakshande Italia

Source: TheStar.com

http://www.thestar.com/living/article/232086

The world's oldest monotheistic religion has taken steps to empower its youth and preserve the faith for the future.

Zoroastrians, as they wound up their 14th North American Congress in Toronto this week, emphasized mentorship and the need for unity among the scattered faithful.

"We are moving the identity issue forward," said prominent Toronto...

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Iran's Small Zoroastrian Community Remembers 7th Century Arab Conquest of Persia

June 18, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: PR-inside.com

Wire Service: AP

http://www.pr-inside.com/iran-s-small-zoroastrian-community-remembers-r157007.htm

CHAK CHAK, Iran (AP) - Dressed in white to symbolize purity, a priest recited from the Zoroastrian holy book at a shrine as members of this ancient pre-Islamic religion marked what they see as one of the most bitter events in Iran's history: the 7th...

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Bringing up the Mediums

May 6, 2007

Source: The Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Bringing_up_the_mediums/rssarticleshow/2007701.cms

Parents make the heartbreaking decision to send their children to residential schools for various material reasons. It's seldom for a cause. But last year, parents of 30 Parsi children decided that the cause of serving the community was worthy enough. So they packed them off, some of them only about six years old, to the Athornan...

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Zoroastrians, Divided Over Conversion, Face a Shrinking Future

March 31, 2007

Author: Rana Rosen

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/214/story_21491_1.html

As a high school boy in Minnesota, Joseph Peterson spent the late 1960s reading at the local library, passing over Mad Magazine or sci-fi novels in favor of ancient religious texts.

The scripture of the Zoroastrians -- the faith of the old Persian Empire -- captured the Christian teenager with its...

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Parade Brings Persian New Year Celebration to New York

March 30, 2007

Author: Carrie Loewenthal

Source: Pavyand

http://www.payvand.com/news/07/mar/1361.html

New York -- A vibrant and spirited crowd celebrated Nowrouz, the Persian New Year, at the fourth annual Persian Parade in New York City as men and women in colorful clothing danced to traditional music and cheerfully promenaded down Madison Avenue.

On March 25, Persians and non-Persians, New Yorkers and tourists, lined 15 city blocks to watch California ballet...

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