Zarthost No Deeso Festival is a Zoroastrian festival. It is experiential as a mourning day. This day is observed as the death anniversary of Prophet Zoroaster.
Date of Zarthost No Deeso:
Zarthost No Deeso is experiential on Khorshed roz, Dae Mah 11 th day, and 10th month of the Zoroastrian calendar. It falls in the month of June, according to Roman calendar. On this day, death anniversary of Prophet Zoroaster is emblematically is observed.
How Do Zoroastrians Observe Zarthost No Deeso?
Place of worship for Parsis is Fire Temple on the day of Zarthost No Deeso, Zoroastrians visit Fire Temple and offer special prayers in the name of Prophet Zoroaster.
According to Parsi holy texts, it is supposed that Prophet Zoroaster died in a temple while praying. On this day many lectures and other events related to the life and works of the Prophet are organised in the temples.
This occasion is not noticeable by any kind of public functions. Parsis prefer to be limited to their community only. Any kind of services, rituals and ceremonies are incomplete to home or temple only.
Legend about Death of Prophet:
There are many legends about the death of Zarathushtra. According to one account, it is believed that Turanian army killed him while he was praying in the fire-temple, in his 77 th year. Another version said that, it was not Zarathushtra, someone else was killed and Zarathushtra ascended to skies himself. Other variation says that Zarathushtra died while he was sleeping. Yet one more legend says that Zarathushtra was killed by a thunderbolt.
In India , this festival is experiential by Parsis living in Mumbai, Gujarat and other regions where Parsis live.