Khordad Sal

Khordad Sal

March, July, August; sixth day of Frawardin, the first Zoroastrian month
The Parsis of India, descendants of the original Zoroastrian immigrants from Iran (formerly Persia), celebrate the birthday of their founder on this day. Zoroaster (or Zarathushtra, c. 1200 b.c.e.) was a Persian prophet and religious reformer whose ideas combined both monotheism and dualism in the worship of Ahura Mazda, the Wise Lord, and his evil opponent, Ahriman. The largest group of Zoroastrians today can be found in India, where they are known as Parsis (or Parsees), although there are still isolated groups of Zoroastrians in Iran.
Zoroaster's birth is observed in March by the Fasli sect, in July by the Kadmi sect, and in August by the Shahenshai sect.
See also Farvardegan Days
SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, p. 48
FolkWrldHol-1999, p. 518
Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary, Fourth Edition. © 2010 by Omnigraphics, Inc.
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In a message released on Tuesday, Qasemi congratulated both Nowruz and birthday of Zoroaster, also known as Khordad Sal to the followers of this ancient religion.
Khordad Sal, which celebrates the birth anniversary of Zoroaster falls on the 6th day ([K]hordad) of the 1st month (Farvardin).
Khordad Sal is celebrated with cleaning homes, wearing new clothes and eating delicious meals.