Farvardegan Days

Farvardegan Days

March, July, August; 26th-30th days of Spendarmad, the 12th Zoroastrian month, plus five intercalary days
Also known as Farvadin or Farvardin, this is a Zoroastrian festival celebrated by the followers of Zoroaster in Iran and India. The 10-day Remembrance of the Departed commemorates the spirits of the dead ( fravashis ), who have returned to God, or Ahura Mazda, to help in the fight against evil. People perform ceremonies for the departed at home shrines or fire temples.
Farvardegan is celebrated in March by the Fasli sect, July by the Kadmi sect, and August by the Shahenshai sect. Zoroaster (or Zarathushtra) was a Persian prophet and reformer, now believed to have lived around 1200 b.c.e., whose teachings influenced Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The largest Zoroastrian groups remaining today are in India, where they are known as Parsis, and in Iran.
SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, p. 42
RelHolCal-2004, p. 69