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Donate to the Iranshah Udvada Utsav

In order to showcase the contribution of the Zarathushti community to the country and the world, the Honorable Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, has consistently projected Udvada to be a center for Peace and Harmony. It was his suggestion of hosting a weekend event every two years, wherein Zarathushties from all over the world could come together at Udvada, India, to celebrate what he fondly called as ‘Udvada Pravasi Diwas’, which has now evolved into the ‘Iranshah Udvada Utsav’ (IUU).

The first Iranshah Udvada Utsav was held on the last weekend of December 2015, where 4000+ Zarathushties from all over the world participated in the cultural festivities.  The second Iranshah Udvada Utsav, a two and a half day event, has been planned to be held from Saturday 23rd December through the afternoon of Monday, 25th December 2017. To bring about efforts of harmony and integration amongst all sections of our community, an array of cultural events and programmes have been planned. The objective of this event is to revive and relive the glory of the past through our rich history and traditions as well as pave way for the future by involving and inspiring our youth.

The organization of an event on such a large scale requires support in terms of organising committee, volunteers and financial resources.  The first IUU has already established that Udvada has the necessary infrastructure to successfully organize large  public gatherings. The Gujarat State administration, through Gujarat Tourism, is the main sponsor of IUU-2017.  The IUU shall begin with a Hama-Anjuman-ni-Maachi and a Khushali-nu-Jashan and will also host religious lectures, panel discussions, heritage walks, and funfair.  The events will comprise of musical programmes, religious plays, fashion show, felicitations concluding with a sit-down Patra dinner for invited guests and registered delegates. Invitations are being sent to dignitaries both Zarathushties, as well as those from sister communities to grace the event. Distinguished Zarathushties from around the world have confirmed their participation.  This year, Mr. Pallonji Shapoorji Mistry and Dr. Farrokh Udwadia will be felicitated in the august presence of dignitaries.

The IUU organizing committee is requesting goodwill for this grand event from Zarathushties around the world by supporting their efforts by way of generous donations.  FEZANA is launching this appeal specifically for this very worthy cause.  (All funds donated to FEZANA for this cause are tax-deductible in the USA.)  To contribute to this worthy cause, please use the form below

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Upcoming FEZANA Journal Issue on Emerging Leaders

FEZANA Journal is happy to announce that Edul Daver, Global President of the World Zoroastrian Chamber of Commerce shall be the guest editor of the Spring 2018 issue of the FEZANA Journal. Below is a request from Edul and Dolly Dastoor (Chief Editor, FEZANA Journal) Zarathushtis in North America are doing very well with many… Continue Reading

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Happy Shehenshahi New Year 2017 Saal 1387 Y.Z.

On behalf of FEZANA, its Executive, and Zarathushtis in North America, we wish you and your families, loved ones and friends a very happy, healthy, peaceful and prosperous Shehenshai Parsi New Year 1387 Y.Z. May the coming year be a continuation of our collective efforts in nurturing and growing our communities and our faith and… Continue Reading

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Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation

On behalf of our entire FEZANA community and Zarathushtis throughout North America, we take a moment to salute and honor and recognize our five member associations and two corresponding groups thriving today in Canada. We join the world in recognizing, honoring and wishing all Canadians a very Happy 150th Birthday! Homi Gandhi President   Continue Reading

Prof. Kaikhosrov Irani passes away

Zoroastrian Association of Greater New York (ZAGNY) announces with great sorrow that our beloved Prof. Kaikhosrov Irani (KD and Keku to his associates and close friends) passed away on June 29, 2017 at the age of 95. Condolences may be sent to his niece Zarine Weil, zbweil@comcast.com and Zarine’s son Darius Weil, darius.weil@gmail.com. At Prof.… Continue Reading

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FEZANA’s 30th Annual General Meeting: A Report

FEZANA just concluded its 30th annual general meeting (AGM), hosted by the Zoroastrian Association of Houston (ZAH). Homi D. Gandhi, President of FEZANA, inaugurated the AGM on April 28th, 2017 and welcomed all member associations, past presidents, committee chairs, and Zarathushtis attending in the audience. The meeting was attended by all five of the current… Continue Reading

Zerbanoo Gifford: An Uncensored Life, USA Book Tour

RENOWNED WRITER, HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGNER ZERBANOO GIFFORD TO VISIT FEZANA MEMBER ASSOCIATIONS AS PART OF INTERNATIONAL BOOK TOUR PROMOTING HER GROUND BREAKING BIOGRAPHY, AN UNCENSORED LIFE Alongside author Farida Master, Gifford will visit Zoroastrian community centers in Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, Washington D.C., Philadelphia and New York FEZANA the Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North… Continue Reading

FEZANA Unveils New Logo in Celebration of its 30-Year Anniversary

Winning design by Vancouver-based graphic artist, Zara Contractor, selected for accentuating elements of air, earth, fire and water and strong Zoroastrian identity. Burr Ridge, Illinois, May 1, 2017– FEZANA (www.fezana.org), the Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America, today unveiled a new logo to commemorate its 30-year anniversary. The winning logo, designed by graphic artist,… Continue Reading

FEZANA Scholarships Application Cycle 2017 Opens

FEZANA is happy to announce that the application cycle for the FEZANA scholarships for 2017 is open. FEZANA Offers the following Scholarships ACADEMIC Scholarships Mehraban and Morvorid Kheradi Endowment Scholarship for Academic Excellence: The FEZANA  Scholar FEZANA 25th Anniversary Endowment  Scholarship For Academic Excellence Morvarid Guiv Endowment Scholarships Purvez and Aban  Rustomji Endowment Scholarship Banoobai… Continue Reading

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The Power of Finding Your Voice : Parisa Khosravi

Parisa Khosravi was one of the leading international journalists at CNN where she spent many years bringing news from all over the world. She has been one of the pioneering Zarathushtis in North America in the field of TV journalism. Ms. Khosravi served as the Senior Vice President of Global Relations for CNN Worldwide and… Continue Reading

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Celebrating Navroz with our Neighbors and Friends

As FEZANA enters its 30th anniversary, and migrants grow roots in the North American continent and establish a unique new identity for themselves in our new western Zarathushti diaspora, traditions are forming. Harkening back to our countries of origin, to celebrate the New Year and the coming of Spring on March 21st (Jamshedi Navroz) we… Continue Reading

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Needs Assessment for Zarathushti Seniors in North America

FEZANA recently conducted a Needs Assessment for Zarathushti seniors in North America. Topics included health, emotional and social well being, financial and functional aspects such as transportation and technology use. Seniors (including individuals over 55+) were solicited to understand their preferences regarding retirement residences and more. The research highlighted best practices from a number of… Continue Reading

FEZANA 29th AGM Successfully Ends in Novi, Michigan

The 29th Annual General Meeting of the Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America was held over Friday 29th April to Sunday May 01, 2016. The AGM was hosted by the Zoroastrian Association of Michigan and held at the Holiday Inn Farmington Hills in Novi, Michigan. Nearly 100 delegates representing the various FEZANA Member Associations,… Continue Reading

White House Honours Kayhan Irani as Champion of Change

A truly proud achievement by an amazingly talented artist, writer and theater personality Kayhan Irani She has been selected as one of the 10 Champions of Change for Asian American and Pacific Islander Art & Storytelling and will be going to the White House !!! Kayhan Irani is also a FEZANA Award winner having won… Continue Reading

Chaiye Hame Zarthoshti: English Version by ZAOM Kids

At the 29th Annual General Meeting of FEZANA, the hosts Zoroastrian Association of Michigan hosted a Gala Event. The performance by the kids of ZAOM was part of the entertainment segment. A completely new English version of Chaiye Hame Zarthoshti, the classic Zoroastrian song. If you would like to know more about the origins of… Continue Reading

FEZANA represents a diverse and growing Zarathushti community in North America.

Guided by the blessings of AHURA MAZDA and the teachings of our Prophet Zarathushtra; the Federation was founded in 1987 It serves as the coordinating body for 26 Zoroastrian Associations and 14 Corresponding Groups in the United States and Canada.

The activities of FEZANA are conducted in a spirit of mutual respect, co-operation and unity amongst all Member associations, and with due regard for the principles of GOODNESS, TRUTH, REASON, BENEVOLENCE, IMPLICIT TRUST and CHARITY towards all Mankind.

:+: Baname Khoda Kshnothro Ahura Mazda