TORAN ( a Gujerati word meaning a garland of flowers for the doorway)
A Door Hanging made of flowers. Parsees decorate their main door as well as other doors within their homes with Torans on auspicious days (Birthdays, Navroze, New Year, Weddings, Navjotes and other celebratory functions
More elaborate Torans hang on Parsi wedding and Navjote functions
The Parsi Gara
A Gara is a an embroidered sari worn by Parsi women
Garas have typical Chinese inspired embroidery.
Hand embroidered garas can cost thousands of dollars and are passed on as heirlooms from
mothers to daughters of daughters- in -laws
Garas come in various colours but he most common ones are a deep purple with white embroidery
Black Garas looks stunning too and Parsi women wear them for formal occasions
Some garas have no embroidery on the sari except on the border
A Parsi child is initiated into the Zoroastrian religion around the age of 7 or 9
A grand function is held and the family's closest relatives and friends are invited
Priests doing the Navjote Ceremony on the Navjote stage. The child is made to wear the sacred thread the "kusti" and the sacred vest made from muslin called the "sadra"
The child is a fully fledged Zoroastrian after the Navjote ceremony and pledges to wear the kusti and the sadra every day.
Navroze is the Spring Festival which falls on 21st March
The tradition is common mainly in
Iranian Zoroastrians, as well as some Iranians.
The table is laden with rose water, fruits, sweets, nuts and flowers-each having a special significance
Zubin Mehta-Talented Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor
Mumbai born world famous Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor Zubin Mehta
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Freddie Mercury- Singer extraordinaire
(Born Farrokh Bulsara to a Parsi family in Zanzibar)
One of the best voices the world has ever known!
Lead singer of the band/group QUEEN
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Born 1946-passed away 1991
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Farokh Engineer-Cricketer/Wicket Keeper
Bombay born cricket legend
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Persis Khambatta-Femina Miss India ('65) / Hollywood Actress
Persis was one the first Parsi Indian girl to be chosen as Miss Femina India
and was chosen to represent India as- Miss Universe
She became world famous after her role in Star Trek as the bald Illia
She acted in serveral Hindi (bollywood) movies as well as a few television serials
Born 1948-Passed away in 1998
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Homi Bhabha-Nuclear Physicist-Padma Bhushan recipient
A brilliant scientist whose life was cut short by a tragic plane accident
He played a major role in the development of the Indian atomic energy program.
In his honour, after his death, the Atomic Energy Establishment at Trombay was renamed as the
Born in 1909-passed away in 1966