Feast of Shahrewar

Shahrewar, Feast of

January, August, December; fourth day of Shahrewar, the sixth Zoroastrian month
The Feast of Shahrewar is one of the "sacred name days" in the Zoroastrian religion, where the day and the month share the name of the same yazata or spiritual being—in this case, Shahrewar, who represents Desirable (or Benevolent) Dominion and who presides over metals and minerals. Because there are actually three different Zoroastrian calendars in use by widely separated Zoroastrian communities, the Feast of Shahrewar occurs in either January, August, or December.
Among the followers of Persian prophet Zoroaster (also known as Zarathushtra, believed to have lived around 1200 b.c.e.), a name-day feast is observed with religious ceremonies in fire temples, meeting halls, or private homes.
There are only about 100,000 followers of Zoroastrianism today, and most of them live in northwestern India or Iran. Smaller communities exist in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Canada, the U.S., England, and Australia.
RelHolCal-2004, p. 67
Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary, Fourth Edition. © 2010 by Omnigraphics, Inc.
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