Zoroastrianism

Art Shows Hope for Peace

January 30, 2009

Author: Barbara Karkabi

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/6239025.html

Let’s get one thing straight: The Pakistani artist Jimmy Engineer is not and has never been an engineer.

But his father and grandfathers were, and it’s the custom among Zoroastrians, an ancient religion founded in Persia, to name families after their professions. He answers this very common question...

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The Last of the Zoroastrians

December 9, 2008

Author: Deena Guzder

Source: TIME Magazine

http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1864931,00.html?imw=Y

Far removed from Tehran's bustling tin-roofed teashops and Isfahan's verdant pomegranate gardens, the deserts known as Dasht-e Kavir and Dasht-e Lut meet at the city of Yazd, once the heart of the Persian Empire.

Walking across the wind-whipped plains of the forgotten city, a young Iranian woman dressed in colorful...

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Zoroastrian Faith Flourishing In Illinois

December 8, 2008

Author: Russell Working

Source: The Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-zoroastrians-08-dec08,0,1302851.story

The ancient faith of Zoroastrianism is in decline worldwide, its numbers dwindling after centuries of conquest, persecution and diaspora.

But it's a different story in Illinois, where Immigration from two countries—Iran and India—has led to a surge in numbers in...

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Zoroastrian Center Proposed in Boyds

October 29, 2008

Author: Meghan Tierney

Source: The Gazette

http://www.gazette.net/stories/10292008/germnew193910_32479.shtml

A house of worship that has been proposed in a residential area of Boyds is drawing concerns from neighbors in the rural community.

Though the project, a Zoroastrian house of worship, is in its preliminary stages, neighbors say they are wondering what effect a religious center will have on the street.

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Tri-State Zoroastrians Celebrate New Year

March 25, 2008

Author: Hema Easley

Source: The Journal News

http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2008803250370

When Farzeen Patel's mother was alive, she celebrated NauRooz by cooking a special meal and blessing family members by circling a silver tray laden with rice, coconut, chilies and incense, seven times over their heads.

But since her mother's death, and since Patel's busy life as a therapist doesn't allow for elaborate meals and...

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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 Sikhs will...

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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 rapidly as a...

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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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