FRIDAY, APRIL 30: Zoroastrians honor the sky and the harvesting of the winter crop on Ghambar Maidyozarem. (Spellings vary.) During the year, Zoroastrians celebrate six ghambars, or seasonal festivals, that were once bound to agricultural seasons. Originally, “ghambar” was the name for a Parsi thanksgiving feast.(Zoroastrian Heritage Institute has more on ghambars.)
Ghambar Maidyozarem lasts for five days, and community members often gather together to feast. It is also traditional for ghambar attendees to leave the feast with dried foods to take home, most commonly fruits and nuts.
(By ReadTheSpirit columnist Stephanie Fenton)
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