Parsi New Year, also known as Navroz or Nowroz, is celebrated to mark the beginning of the Iranian calendar. This year it’s being celebrated on the 16th of August .
The Parsi community dresses up in their traditional attire, decorate their homes with chalk (traditional Parsi motif Kollam and Toran (flower garlands to decorate doorways) and prepare delicious food including Prawn Patio, Mori Dar, Patra Ni Machhi, Meetu Sev and more. Parsis also visit the Fire Temple (Agiary) and offer fruits, sandalwood and flowers on this auspicious day.
Any auspicious occasion at a Parsi home has to have the traditional yellow Dal, long-grained basmati rice accompanied by a delicious, tangy-sweet and hot thick gravy preparation, known as “Patio”. This is usually made with boneless fish or prawns but can be made with hard-boiled eggs as well.
This feast consists of: Parsi Dhun Dar patio or Mori Dal, Chaval and Kolmi no Patio (lightly spiced yellow Dal, white Basmati Rice and an aromatic thick gravy with prawns).