Domain:Social practices, rituals and festive events
State: Across India
The video is a presentation on the Zoroastrian faith and the celebration of the Navroz festival all over India. The spring equinox marks the first day of the Zoroastrian calendar for the Parsi community. During Navroz the Parsi families clean and decorate their houses with rangolis (floor decorations) made of purifying lime and cleanse the house with loban (gum resin). They wear the traditional dress and visit the Parsi fire temple for prayers. People visit homes of their friends and neighbours on Navroz. The Haft-Seen table is laid out traditionally with seven kinds of food and families gather around the table to await the arrival of the New Year. The seven items on the Haft-Seen table include somaq (berries), sharab (wine), sheer (milk), seer (garlic), sirceh (vinegar), seb (apple) and shirini (sugar candy).