Navroz is the name of the Iranian New Year, also known as the Persian New Year, which is celebrated worldwide by the Iranians, along with some other ethnolinguistic groups, as the beginning of the New Year.
When the Islamic armies invaded Persia, many Zoroastrians migrated to India then Gujarat region, part of which is now in Pakistan.
The term Parsi is Gujarati for Persian. Parsis in India are considered to be the largest single group of the Zoroastrian community, which also consists of Iranis.
One of the major festivals celebrated by the Parsi community is the Parsi New Year which marks the first day of the year. While the Iranian calendar celebrates the Persian New Year on the spring equinox.
It has been celebrated for over 3,000 years in Western Asia, Central Asia, the Caucasus, the Black Sea Basin and the Balkans.It marks the first day of the first month (Farvardin) in the Iranian calendar.
The festival is named after the Persian king Jamshed who started the Parsi calendar. Parsi New Year 2017 falls on August 17 and is a regional holiday in places like Maharashtra and Gujarat.
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