Category Archives: Press

Zoroastrians Throughout North America Celebrate Ancient Tradition of Nowruz

ZOROASTRIANS THROUGHOUT NORTH AMERICA CELEBRATE ANCIENT TRADITION OF NOWRUZ, USHERING IN A ‘NEW DAY’ TO MARK THE TURN OF THE SPRING EQUINOX

Burr Ridge, Illinois, March 11, 2017 – FEZANA (www.fezana.org), the Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America, today announced Zoroastrian organizations throughout North America will mark the celebration of Nowruz (pron. nouˈɾuːz), Tuesday, March 21, 2017, the official turn of the Zoroastrian New Year and the Spring equinox in the Northern hemisphere.

Zoroastrian associations throughout North America will celebrate Nowruz with prayer ceremonies, participation in Nowruz parades, museum exhibits, tree plantings, social gatherings and, most unique to Nowruz, by decorating beautiful Haft Senee1 (seven trays) tables at home with traditional Nowruz symbols.

“The Zoroastrian community in North America is united, vibrant and growing, and we are honored to join other religions and cultures who celebrate the beauty and renewal of Nowruz,” said FEZANA President Homi D. Gandhi. “From celebrations and parades in major metropolitan areas to beautiful haft-seen tables adorning homes in communities throughout North America, Nowruz represents resolution and the celebration of a new beginning.”

Zoroastrians are followers of one of the world’s oldest monotheistic religions founded by the prophet Zarathushtra approximately 3,755 years ago in ancient Iran. Zoroastrians have long-served as bridge builders in interfaith dialogue, believing in truth, righteousness, charity, beneficence, respect for the environment and the ultimate triumph of good over evil.

Zoroastrianism, founded circa 1738 BCE, is credited to be one of the oldest monotheistic religions. Zoroastrianism flourished as the imperial religion of three Persian empires, those of the Achaemenians, Parthians and Sassanians, and was the dominant religion from Turkey, and eastward to China during those times. North America’s Zoroastrian community includes those who arrived from the Indian subcontinent, known as Parsis, and those who came directly from Iran seeking religious freedom.

About FEZANA

Founded in 1987 and celebrating its 30-year anniversary, FEZANA serves as the coordinating body for 26 Zoroastrian member associations and 15 corresponding groups throughout the United States and Canada. FEZANA promotes the study, understanding and practice of the Zoroastrian faith in North America. FEZANA represents the interests of its member associations, and carries out philanthropic and charitable activities worldwide. FEZANA Journal, FEZANA’s publication of record, circulates to Zoroastrian households in more than 22 countries, as well as to scholars, academicians and religious organizations worldwide.

www.fezana.org
1 Note to editors: more information on Haft Senee tables and the philosophy behind the Nowruz table can visit: http://ahura.homestead.com/files/NouRouz/NOU_ROUZ_TABLE-PHILOSOPHY.pdf
image

Contact:
Jim Engineer
FEZANA Media Relations
jim@fezana.org
Mobile: +1 (630) 728-1387

 

Download Press release in PDF format

Zoroastrian Delegation To Participate in The Ocean Conference

Focus on Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal number 14 by the year 2030 NEW YORK, February 23, 2017 – FEZANA is sending a delegation to the Oceans Conference: Our Oceans, Our Future: Partnering for the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 at the UN Headquarters in New York, USA from June 5-9, 2017. https://oceanconference.un.org/ The… Continue Reading

FEZANA’s Statement on Religious Persecution

The Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America (FEZANA), as a steward of North American Zoroastrians, believes that any ban based on race, religion, or persecuted religious minorities trying to escape tyranny and oppression, hurts all communities. Zoroastrians know firsthand what it is like to escape persecution and seek a better life, and we stand… Continue Reading

Ervad Dr. Jehan Bagli Bestowed with FEZANA Lifetime Achievement Award

FEZANA’s highest award is The Lifetime Achievement Award which recognizes a highly-respected North American Zarathushti, who through his/her personal achievements and meritorious service has brought recognition to the Zarathushti community worldwide. On the occasion of the 30th Anniversary Celebration, FEZANA is honored to announce that Ervad Dr. Jehan Bagli has been awarded this Lifetime Achievement… Continue Reading

FEZANA’s Statement on the US Presidential Elections 2016

On Tuesday, November 8th, Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States of America. The reverberations both within the United States, Canada and globally have led to everything from demonstrations to a sense of urgency among many nations to understand how Mr. Trump’s administration will affect them. FEZANA, which represents the collective… Continue Reading

| Press

FEZANA To Inaugurate Year Long 30th Anniversary Celebrations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEDERATION OF ZOROASTRIAN ASSOCIATIONS OF NORTH AMERICA (FEZANA) TO INAUGURATE YEARLONG 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS, NOV. 5, IN CHICAGO The event will spotlight the contributions of FEZANA, feature a musical skit about the founding of FEZANA, traditional wedding-style dinner, and a special after-dinner Magic and Mind Reading performance. Burr Ridge, Ill., Nov. 3,… Continue Reading

FEZANA Condemns Attacks in Nice, France

In the aftermath of the senseless attack and loss of life in Nice, France, FEZANA wrote to the French Ambassadors in Washington D.C. and Ottawa expressing our condolences and solidarity. Friday July 15, 2016 Gérard Araud Ambassador of France to the United States Embassy of France in the United States 4101 Reservoir Road, NW Washington,… Continue Reading

FEZANA Stands in Solidarity With Dallas

To Jamshed Jamadar President Zoroastrian Association of Northern Texas   Dear Jamshed and the ZANT Board First reports are that no member of the Dallas area Zoroastrian community was touched by the violence overnight. That is a relief to know, though tragically the lives of many law enforcement officers were lost and the lives of… Continue Reading

OPENING CEREMONIES FOR 15th ZOROASTRIAN GAMES SET FOR 8:30 A.M., FRIDAY, JULY 1, AT ELMHURST COLLEGE

OPENING CEREMONIES FOR 15th ZOROASTRIAN GAMES SET FOR 8:30 A.M., FRIDAY, JULY 1, AT ELMHURST COLLEGE A biennial tradition now in its 28th year, the 15th Zoroastrian Games will attract more than 300 athletes, fans, supporters and organizers; and features competitive tournament brackets in basketball, volleyball, swimming, track, tennis, and table tennis. Elmhurst, IL, June… 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 association was founded in 1987 It serves as the coordinating body for 27 Zoroastrian Associations 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