Parsis in Mumbai is all set to observe Pateti and celebrate New Year. One of the most significant festivals of the Parsi community, Navroz is celebrated by the Zoroastrian religious community on the spring equinox, which usually falls in the month of July or August. Parsis celebrate New Year three times a year. The Iranian calendar marks the Jamshedi Navroz on the spring equinox. The second New Year is celebrated as Kadmi New Year which is celebrated by Irani Zoroastrians and the third is Shahenshahi New Year which is celebrated on August 17 this year. Talking about the celebration, Anahita Desai of the Bombay Parsi Panchayat (BPP) says, “Bombay Parsi Panchayat does not organise any events for New Year. The only thing BPP do is give extra monetary help to those they provide monthly help to. Talking about the celebration what Parsis generally do is have family get-togethers, organise feast and attend Parsi special plays. We Parsis love eating and so we focus on that.”
So if you are in Mumbai here’s where you can celebrate Parsi New year in Mumbai.
Jeon – For Buffet Dinner
A themed buffet dinner at Jeon to celebrate Parsi New Year. The dishes served on the buffet includes the specials from the Parsi household. The spread would include Special Parsi items with a wide array of choice both in non-vegetarian as well as vegetarian varieties, flavoured Palonji Soda cart and a round of mocktails.
When: August 17, 7:30 onwards
Where: Jeon Eatery, Sea Princess Hotel, Ground Floor, Juhu Tara Road
Cost: Rs 1,799
The Square – For Parsi feast and live bands
A splendid buffet of specially curated, authentic Parsi delicacies. A live band adds to the gala atmosphere, ensuring you live it up, Parsi style! Feast on a tantalizing array of Parsi dishes such as Lagan nu Stew, Patra nu Paneer, Bharuchi Akoori with Brun Pao and Dhansak Dal complemented by indulgent desserts such as Doodh Pak, Baked Custard, and Kulfi Falooda. The day promises to be a culinary delight!
When: August 17, 7 pm to 11 pm
Where: The Square, Novotel Imagica, Khopoli
Dinshaw’s Xpress Café – For Parsi Thali
To make the Navroze season more exciting, Dinshaw’s Xpress Café has come with Parsi delicacies stuffed into one thali. There are three types of thalis to choose from – Veg thali, Chicken thali, and Mutton thali. There is also a special Batliwala thali that comprises of Kheema kebab, Patra Ni Machhi, Berry Pulao and more.
When: Till August 31, 2018
Where: Dinshaw’s Xpress Café – 6, Windermere, Off Oshiwara link road, Andheri West
Cost: Rs 399 for veg thali and Rs 599 for non-veg thali