ZANZ Organises New Year Jashan

– Performs In India’s 77th I-Day Celebrations –


On the auspicious occasion of Parsi New Year, on 16th August, 2023, the Zarathushtrian Association of New Zealand (ZANZ), organised a Jashan at Nixon Park Hall, which was attended by around 85 devotees.

The Jashan which started at 4:05 pm, was performed by Mobeds – Viraf Fatakia, Jamsheed Tata, Khushroo Master, Navzad Chhor, Zahriab Karkaria, Behzad Karkaria, Vaspan Raimalwalla, Bakhtiyaar Engineer and Kaizad Engineer, who took the time out to come and pray on this auspicious occasion for the community.

The Jashan was also live-streamed on ZANZ’s Facebook platform so that people who could were unable to attend in person, could partake of the same, online. Boxes comprising delicious sev, malido, ravo, fruits and nuts were distributed to all the attendees to take home, after the Jashan, in addition to consuming the chasni at the venue itself. ZANZ extends gratitude to all the donors for their generosity for the monetary or food donations as also to the volunteers helped with setting up, serving the food and cleaning up afterwards.

A few days earlier, on 13th August, 2023, the Associations of Indian Diaspora in Auckland came together to organize an event commemorating India’s 77th Independence Day, at the Mahatma Ghandhi Center, at Eden Terrace, in Auckland. The event saw political dignitaries from the Labour, National and Act party in attendance, along with the Indian council staff. The function comprised Independence Day related performances by some associations, speeches given by dignitaries and lunch.

ZANZ also put up an impressive performance, thanks to the efforts of Viraf Todywalla, who along with Zariab Karkaria (in Dagli) and Friyan Irani (Gara Saree) and the rest of the team, did a fantastic job. The performance was a hit, receiving much applause from all present.

Kudos to ZANZ and its committed members for keeping the flame of the Parsi presence and traditions glowing in New Zealand!


[Courtesy: Tehmus Mistry]

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