Events June - July 2023
- Sat, 03 June 2023, 5:30pm Homaji-ni Ban Jashan and Meal on Day May Govad Roj The Homaji-ni Baj Jashan ceremony, sponsored by brothers Hoshang and Manek Buhariwalla, on Dae mah and Govad roj by our Ervad Sahebs followed by a Humbandagi. Homaji-ni Baj commemorates the sad occasion of an intra community dispute on Zoroastrian calendars resulting in a miscarriage of justice and the martyrdom of Homaji Jamshedji, a resident of Broach Gujarat, who was hanged in Mumbai in 1783CE (1152YZ). A Boi ceremony will be performed in the Setayash Gah after the Jashan.
- Sat, 10 June 2023, 5:30pm Bahman S Mobed’s 6th Saal / Varsi Prayers & Meal
Former ZTFE Trustee Mr Bahman S Mobed, passed away peacefully in his home in Hawaii, aged 98 years, on Saturday 10th June 2017, Khordad mah, Govad roj as per the Iranian Zoroastrian calendar.
ZTFE will always remember Bahman and Nahid Mobed for their generosity towards the Zoroastrian community in the UK, including annually endowing the Jashans and Gahambars for Khordad Sal on 26th March and Zartosht-no Diso on 26th December, which has been performed annually in the ZTFE since the mid 1980s. In honour of Bahman S Mobed’s memory, our Ervad Sahebs will conduct his 6th saal / varsi prayers in the Zartoshty Brothers’ Hall at the Zoroastrian Centre.
- Sunday, 11 June 2023 11am - 1pm: Fun Club Bahman Mahino. We will be doing a special class to mark the start of Bahman Mahino (the month dedicated to Bahman Amesha Spenta - protector of the animal kingdom!). We will learn about the meaning, significance and rituals/practices of Bahman Mahino, plus the various animals of the Avesta! Plus we also have a fun activity planned for the children! The key objectives of the classes are to help our children and teens learn about the fundamental teachings of Zoroastrianism in fun and interactive ways, how to apply these in their everyday lives , and the meaning and significance of our customs/traditions. It is very important for our youth to feel a strong sense of pride about being a Zoroastrian, make friends within the community and carry forward the Zoroastrian flame for future generations. We therefore urge you to bring your children to Fun Club classes on a regular basis (on the second Sunday of each month) and spread the word, encouraging all XYZs/teenagers you know to attend!
- Sunday, 11 June 2023 11am-1pm: Tech Help Session
Installation, Guidance on using these apps:WhatsApp messaging, international free calling and video calling and group chats/calls
Email - set up, and how to send emails and read them on your phone. There will be a FREE lunch for older people above 65 years who register for the tech help session (which is sponsored by the CZC ZTFE Team).
- Sunday 11 June 2023 1.30pm to 4.30 pm Gymkhana
- Tuesday, 13 June 2023, 5.30 PM Bahman Parabh Jashan and Boi ceremony
Our Ervad Sahebs will perform a Jashan followed by a Humbandagi to celebrate the auspicious Parab of Bahman Amesha Spenta, dedicated to the protector of the animal kingdom and revering the Good Mind. A Boi ceremony will be performed in the Setayash Gah after the Jashan. Tea and freshly cooked snacks will be served following the Boi ceremony.
- Wed, 21 June 2023 : Z Club : a day of fun and laughter
- Thu, 22nd June 2023 at 6 PM : Mrs. Paridokht M Zartoshty 2nd Varsi/ All Prayers. Paridokht aunty was the beloved wife and soul mate of Mobed Mehraban Jamshid Zartoshty, our Patron, Benefactor and Philanthropist.
Mrs Paridokht's 2nd Varsi / Saal / Yearly prayers will be performed by our Ervad Sahebs in the Zartoshty Brothers Hall, Zoroastrian Centre, London, on Mah Tir Rooz Shahrivar (Iranian Zoroastrian calendar), and will be livestreamed on YouTube. Refreshments will be served after the prayers.
- Sat, 01 Jul 2023, 5:30pm, Jashn-e Tirgan & Maidyoishema Gahambar Jashan & Meal
Our Ervad Sahebs will perform a Jashan to celebrate the auspicious festivals of Jashn-e Tirgan and Maidyoishema Gahambar as per the Iranian Zoroastrian calendar. This ancient Iranian Zoroastrian festival of Jashn-e Tirgan is devoted to Tir, the Yazad of the rains and fertility. Tir is associated with the dog-star Sirus. On this day people splash each other with water. This festival coincides with the Maidyoishema Gahambar to mark the quarter year and summer solstice. A Boi ceremony will be performed in the Setayash Gah after the Jashan, followed by a meal.
Jashn-e Tirgan and Maidyoishema Gahambar are sponsored from the funds endowed over 35 years ago by our dear and very generous benefactors Late Mobed Faridoon and Mobed Mehraban Zartoshty and their families. ZTFE extends our sincere thanks to them. After the Jashan, Dr Mehrbod Khanizadeh, who was sponsored by the ZTFE Zartoshty Brothers Fund to undertake his PhD at SOAS, will speak on the importance of Jashn-e Tirgan and Maidyoishema Gahambar in Persian and English.
- Fri 07 July 2023, 5.30pm Mobed Mehraban J Zartoshty 11th Varsi / Saal Prayers & Meal: Mobed Mehraban Jamsheed Zartoshty, our Patron, Benefactor and Philanthropist, passed away in San Diego, California on Friday 6th July 2012, Tir mah, Fravardin roj as per the Iranian Zoroastrian Calendar. The ZTFEwould not be where it is today without his generosity, support and inspiration. Mobed Mehraban left behind a proud legacy comprising the many institutions he supported with his philanthropy and which included the ZTFE, the BPP, several chapters of FEZANA, the Atash Behram in Yazd, the schools and institutions in his beloved Iran, the J J and B D Petit Parsee General Hospitals in Mumbai, the Bilimoria Hospital in Panchgani, Ancient India & Iran Trust in Cambridge and above all, the prestigious School for Oriental & African Studies in London. May the soul of Mobed Mehraban always Bless us from his abode in Garothman Behesht!
Our Ervad Sahebs will perform the Varsi prayers in the Zartoshty Brothers Hall, Zoroastrian Centre. After the Jashan, a Boi ceremony will be performed in the Setayasht Gah.
We urge all to come and participate in the Prayers and partake in the meal afterwards and remember our benefactor Mobed Mehraban Jamshed Zartoshty who has rightly been described as the greatest Zoroastrian philanthropist of our times.
- Sunday 16th July 2023 – 11.30am Aspandamard mah Aspandarmard roj Jashan 2023
Our Ervad Sahebs will perform a Jashan followed by a Humbandagi to celebrate the auspicious Parab of Aspandamard Amesha Spenta, dedicated to the dedicated to the protector of the Earth and to revering Beneficent Devotion. A Boi ceremony will be performed in the Setayash Gah after the Jashan.
ZTFE thanks Arshes and Mahiar Ardeshir for sponsoring Aspandamard mah Aspandarmard roj Jashan 2023.
Lunch will be served thereafter. Vegetarian option available, please request in advance. Meal tokens £7/- per person.
Moving Pictures: reusing cinemas as places of worship Zoroastrian Centre: Presentation after lunch on Aspandamard Parab
After lunch, around 3pm, Dr Julie Marsh and the team from the University of Westminster will present the recent developments of their research project: Moving Pictures: reusing cinemas as places of worship in the diaspora.
This RIBA (The Royal Institute of British Architects) - funded project uses pioneering cross-disciplinary methods to examine the adaptive reuse of cinemas as places of worship. The English Heritage Grade II* Zoroastrian Centre has been selected as one of 3 sites by the research team at the University of Westminster to carry out a close examination of the site through artistic interventions. The team have been working over the last 6 months in the Zoroastrian Centre and have designed two site-specific filmic performances to reflect the architectural significance of the site as a former cinema and celebrate your religious practices. In doing so, the research captures a vital snapshot of faith and diaspora in the contemporary urban landscape, which may be used to inform future heritage practices.A short presentation will present the experiments so far and give you the opportunity to offer invaluable feedback which will help guide the project going forward to make sure it best represents your beliefs and practices.
- Fri 21 to Wed 26 July 2023, ZTFE hosts the 8th World Zoroastrian Youth Congress. view details here
- Wed 26 July 2023 to Sat 29 July 2023, the ZTFE's WZCC UK Chapter will host the WZCC World Conclave View the details here