News ID: 256792
Published: 1007 GMT August 03, 2019

Iran's Zoroastrians observe annual ceremony

Iran's Zoroastrians observe annual ceremony

Zoroastrians began their one-week annual ceremony in Pir-e Naaraki house of worship in Mehriz, Iran's central city of Yazd, on Saturday.

Every year more than 2,000 Zoroastrians from all over Iran attend the cultural and religious event, according to IRNA.

On the sidelines of the religious ceremony, Zoroastrians awarded brilliant students, appreciated benefactors, renewed their allegiance to the Islamic Republic of Iran, and wished the country success and prosperity.

Chak Chak, Khatun-Banu, Pir-e Narestaneh, Seti Pir, Pir-e Elyas, Shah Vahram, and Chehel-Cheragh are among the notable Zoroastrian houses of worship in Iran. 

Zoroaster was an ancient spiritual leader, whose teachings eventually became dominant in Ancient Persia.

Zoroaster, also known as Zarathustra or Ashu Zarathushtra, is called Zartosht in Persian. He was born 3,000 years BCE in Takht-e Soleyman village, northwestern Iran. His father's name was Pourushasp.

Religious minorities in Iran freely perform their rituals, among which are Zoroastrian Gahanbar and Christian Badarak at Qara Kelisa Church (meaning Black Church in Azeri) in Chaldoran, West Azarbaijan Province. There are several churches, synagogues and places of worships of different religions in Iran.

Zoroastrianism is one of the known world’s oldest monotheistic religions and, contrary to some misperceptions, fire only represents purity and the brightness of God in its belief system. Documents indicate that Zoroastrians initially did not have fire temples and they normally prayed at homes or on top of the hills.

The tradition of fire temples originates from the times when Iranian communities developed fire houses to keep fire burning for everyday uses. In this way, people did not have to make fire separately and could take the fire they needed from fire houses.

Article 13 of the Iranian Constitution clearly states that Zoroastrian, Jewish, and Christian Iranians, as religious minorities, and the followers of these religions are free to exercise their religious ceremonies, and are free to exercise matters of personal status and religious education and follow their own rituals.


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