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Ahmedabad Parsis all geared up to celebrate New Year today

Theirs was a community that blended in with the locals like sugar in milk, so goes folklore. Parsis, who’re now an inseparable part of the state, are all geared up to welcome their New Year. And from decorating their homes to feasting on special dishes, there’s quite a bit in store on Pateti, to be celebrated today.

By Devika Chaturvedi / DNA

DNA spoke to Parsis in the city on how they’re celebrating the day, and got some interesting replies. Executive director of Cama group, Rustom Cama, says, "We have a standard way of celebrating the day. We go to the temple first and from there, we will head towards office. On the way home, we drop in to greet relatives. The rest of the day, we’re usually busy entertaining guests at home."

Cama says some of these visitors have been coming home since years, since he was a kid. "Amongst other dishes, pulao is a part of the standard fare for the day," he says.

This year, like every year, Amdavadi Parsis will feast on patra ni macchi (fish wrapped in banana leaves), sali boti (meat with potato chips), rava and falooda. With these mouth-watering dishes finding place on the dining table today, there is wholesome gastronomical gratification in store.

Piruz Khambatta, MD of Rasna India Pvt Ltd, says Pateti celebrations have already begun for her family. "We went to the temple on Wednesday evening, and then headed to a restaurant for dinner. On Thursday though, we will stay at home as lots of guests are expected."

Chief minister Narendra Modi, Gujarat governor Dr Kamla Beniwal, Ahmedabad mayor Kanaji Thakore and other prominent citizens have extended greetings to the Parsi community. "We have great pleasure in extending heartiest greetings to all citizens on the joyous occasion of the Parsi new year," they said.