Feast of Vohuman

Vohuman, Feast of

January, May, June; second day of Vohuman, the 11th Zoroastrian month
The Feast of Vohuman 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, Vohuman, who represents Good Mind (or Good Thought) and who presides over animals. Because there are actually three different Zoroastrian calendars in use by widely separated Zoroastrian communities, the Feast of Vohuman occurs either in January, May, or June.
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 an occasion for religious services which can be performed in a fire temple, meeting hall, or private home.
There are 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. 69
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