In a Parsi household, as in ancient Persia, the birth of a child is a momentous occasion. It is important to remember that the Parsi religion does not follow any particular rituals or celebrations for births. In the Parsi tradition, childbirth is not associated with any specified religious ceremonies, apart from the “Paghli” ceremony, which marks the child’s first steps. The “Paghli” ceremony is not so much a religious ritual as it is a cultural one.


The Navjote ceremony is also known as Sedreh-Pushi. This initiation ceremony is where a child, between the ages of seven and twelve, receives his or her sudreh and kasti.


The ancient Zoroastrian rituals are followed in the Parsi marriage ceremony, also known as the “Lagan”. It includes customs such as exchanging vows, walking around a sacred fire, and signing the marriage contract.


In a typical funeral, the body of the deceased is exposed to searching birds within a building called a “Tower of Silence,” or dokhma. The Zoroastrian concept of environmental preservation and elemental purity is reflected in this practise.