A Happy 100th Birthday to Khorshid Jobani


July 1, 2021

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A 100 years of Zoroastrian celebration and tradition. Khorshid Jobani has seen a lot of changes within the Zoroastrian culture. She was born on July 12th, 1921 in Quetta when it was still under British rule and later saw the independence of Pakistan. She had one older brother and one older sister. She lost her parents at a very young age but was taught the many traditions of our culture such as prayers, respect and the ceremony of a Navjote. For a short while she was in the care of her paternal grandfather, who continued to keep the Zoroastrian flame burning inside her. She married at age 13 and had 4 children of her own, one of which passed shortly after birth.


Khorshid Jobani had limited schooling, yet she speaks many languages and learned how to read and write. She taught herself how to sew sudreh, bake bakra, nan khatia and delicious achars for which she became well known in her community. Knowing the importance of being educated, Khorshid and Rustom lived and raised their children in Pune, India, making sure they all completed and excelled in their studies. After her husband passed in 1980, she immigrated to Canada to be closer to her children and continue the traditions of the Zoroastrian faith. Her pride and joy are her 3 kids and their spouses, her 7 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. She wholeheartedly believes in the 3 main tenets of Zoroastrianism, good thoughts, good words and good deeds. She exudes all of them and anyone privileged to meet her will definitely understand.

Khorshid Jobani is a symbol of strength, devotion and true goodness in this world. She is made of pure love. She continues to be a huge part of the Parsee community in Toronto Canada. Although the pandemic has slowed her meeting people, she is always seen on virtual social events and online yoga classes. She is still an active participant in raising funds for the OZCF Agyari project which is very important to her. She has instilled and passed down many facets of the Zoroastrian culture to those around her, always ready to give advice and console on family, love, traditions and religion. These days, she spends most of her time in Mississauga, Ontario usually enjoying episodes of Family Feud and Indian Idol. She is a true testament that prayers, the pursuit of health, and the blessings she gives and receives from Ahura Mazda keeps her young in mind, body and spirit.

That is why we celebrate this milestone birthday. Everyone of us has a special place in our hearts for Khorshid Jobani and we are blessed to have her in our lives.

Please join us in wishing her good health and happiness.

Happy Birthday.

Love, Your Family