I’ve always believed that Parsis’ are a lucky lot. Less to do with religion and more to do with the fact that we get to celebrate new year not once but three times a year!
Of the three we celebrate, my favourite one is Jamshedi Navroze. Celebrated in honour of King Jamshed, who was one of the kindest rulers of Iran, Navroze coincides with the spring equinox and its literal meaning is ‘new-day’. Being 25% Irani, I started the tradition of hosting the Haft-Seen table at our home soon after I got married and I love hosting our friends and family who come to partake goodies from our Navroze table.
This year was Baby M’s first Navroze and I was excited to introduce him to my favourite festival of the year! Here’s a photo diary of how we spent our day.
While Baby M was sleeping, I got the Haft Seen table ready for Navroze. This year, the colour was white and the animal (which coincides with the Chinese New Year) was the Rooster. The basic premise of the Haft-Seen table is to have seven things with the syllable ‘Sh’. So, on the table we had, Shahad (Honey), Sharab (A bottle of Baileys), Sherbet, Sirkeh (Vinegar), Sikkeh (Coins), Shakar (Sweets) and Seb (Apple’s). In addition, we’ve got pomegranate for fertility, wheatgrass to represent ample food to eat and a bunch of dry fruits as well as Iranian sweets. All of this was kept ready for 3.58 pm (IST) when we would light the diya and celebrate Navroze.
Next step was getting the little Mister ready for the festivities. Once my orders for the day went out and the Haft Seen table was ready, I got him ready in his new I Love Mummy onesie. Bawa Groom always complains that all his clothes claim he loves mom and to that I have a simple response – do the shopping yourself!
Once it was Navroze, we lit the diya as a family. Next, each member smiled in the mirror at their reflection (we do this so we remain smiling all year) while I sprinkled rose water on them to signify that may they always remain as sweet as roses. Baby M was fascinated with all the fruit and had no interest in taking photos
As soon as we were done with the table at home, it was time to go pay our respects in the agiary as a family and wish for our well being as well as thank Ahura Mazda for everything he has given us. And, before we could get to the Agiary, the best thing happened – M gave me a big kiss on my lips, his first time ever doing that!
Once we were done with the prayers, we stayed to chat with a few friends from the colony whom we met. M was at his cutest behaviour and looks simply adorable in his silver topi if I do say so myself!
It was then time for a family photo and I love M’s expression here. He has only just learnt to blow raspberries and remove his tongue so we didn’t get any smiles but this is equally as good.
And finally, we couldn’t go to a Parsi natak given that M would likely scream the place down so we made do with a gourmet feast of leftover Tuvar Dal no Pulao which was what had been featured on the Bawi Bride Kitchen Navroze menu.
How did you spend your Navroze? Do share in the comments below.