Happy Jamshedi Navroze 2021


March 20, 2021

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We wish all our readers a very Happy Jamshedi Navroze Mubarak. May this new spring bring about a new post-pandemic world. Below is a beautiful poem written by our dear reader Deenaz P. Coachbuilder. 

About Deenaz P.Coachbuilder, Ph. D.

Deenaz is an educator, writer, artist and environmental advocate. A retired school principal, professor in special education and consulting speech pathologist, she is the recipient of several professional and community awards, including President Obama’s “Volunteer Service Award”. Her poetry, commentaries and essays have appeared in international, national and regional publications.

Her books of poems, “Metal Horse and Shadows: A Soul’s Journey” and “Imperfect Fragments” have been received with critical acclaim. Deenaz is the language editor of FEZANA Journal. She is a Zoroastrian Parsi who resides in Riverside, California.

On April 2nd. 2019, Mayor Bailey of Riverside, California, presented Deenaz’ painting and poem on his city blog, in celebration of the Zoroastrian Navroz.


Navroz Mubarak

It is the twenty-first of March

the spring equinox

the first day of the rest of the year.

The days of Muktad* are over.

Steeped in remembering and praying for

the fravashis of so many of her dear ones,

the souls of the departed,

she senses their spiritual presence,

and of her own farohar, her ever present guardian.

The darkness of winter

with its season of somnolence,


its sense of faithlessness

fades away.

The sun, symbol of light and creation

glows with greater clarity.

Now is the time for creativity

the awakening of dormant seedlings

a renewal of the spirit

the very possibilities of life.


extends itself


the hours of darkness

just as the light of wisdom and asha*

will prevail

over death and despair.

Today is Navroz

the most joyous of celebrations

rich in symbolism.

This good Zoroastrian warrior*

has cleaned her home, the walls, the drapes, the floors

sweeping away

the hurt and the disappointments

the detritus of the past.

The perfume of hyacinths and tube roses

wafts through gleaming rooms

the mesmerizing smell of sandal wood

to ward off evil spirits and to honor

those of the dead,

burning in silver chalices.

Her family has bathed,

donned festive garments for a festive day.

“Have you said your prayers?” she admonishes

her young son, reminding him

that truthfulness

is the essence of all believers.

She draws in a long, deep breath

with a sense of renewal.

Today begins a regeneration

of her own life,

her relationships

her home

her community,

leading, she hopes,

to a renovation of this present world.

She promises to herself

to be diligent,

to seek improvement daily

until it becomes an enduring part of her being,

for that is her mission.

It is a day of special kindness,

bundles of presents await eager fingers,

and nourishing food

to be distributed to those in need.

The Sofreh, the Navroz offerings

are spread across her white, linen covered table.

Seven dishes representing the creator and six

Zoroastrian abstract attributes or archangels

invite the partaker.

There is the Ajlis, seven dried fruit and nuts

pistachios, roasted chickpeas, almonds, hazelnuts,

fine skinned figs, newly dried apricots and golden raisins.

Today she has added her favorites

dry walnuts, ruby red pomegranate seeds

and luscious purple mulberries plucked just yesterday

from her backyard tree.

In a prominent spot,

flames in a silver filigreed afargan,

a symbol of wisdom, goodness and purity

dance in the morning breeze.

In a little bowl is her specialty,

grain, sprouted carefully over five days.

There is wine, sugar, milk, syrup, honey,

candy and rice pudding.

As she lays the table she remembers that the

seven attributes of this temporal planet,

fire, air, water, earth

plants, animals and human beings,

are also to be revered and depicted in her offerings.

She has recited a confessional patet*.

This soldier examines her thoughts,

words and deeds.

Not only will each be weighed

on the scales

determining her afterlife,

but on her shoulders


the destiny of the world

its very resurrection.

*Muktad-the days before the new year in which prayers are said for the souls of the dead.

On the last day a gambhar or communal feast is held, with the souls of the dead invited to partake.


*Zoroastrian warrior- Zoroastrians are warriors engaged in a ceaseless cosmic struggle against evil and our own temptations. When our “good thoughts, words and deeds” outweigh their evil counterparts, a resurrection of the world will be brought about in the light of the creator Ahura Mazda’s wish.

*patet-prayers of repentance for past sins.

Deenaz P. Coachbuilder