The North West Zoroastrian Community is a non profit based Zoroastrian organisation which is based in the United Kingdom & was founded in 1987 under the auspices of its founding members.
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17th Sept — New Year Event.
20th Nov — Buffet Lunch in Manchester.
7th Jan 2017 — Xmas & New Year Bonanza.
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Since I (Eruch) retired - way back in the early 80's, I decided to delve into the roots of my Zoroastrian Community. I assumed, perhaps wrongly, that I was the only Parsee in the Tameside Borough, so I started doing a bit of research. I was rather delighted to find a kindred spirit a Parsee lady working in the HSBC bank in Ashton, who gave me a few names to contact. As my research developed, my inquiries took me to places like Levenshulme, Didsbury, Stockport, Hale, Sale & Timperley, & even further out of Manchester. Very soon, it was found that a small number of families, though scattered in & around the Manchester Area, did add up to a quorum of sorts.
However, through the good offices of Professor John Hinnells, who was then the professor of Comparative Religion at Manchester University, & an authority on Zoroastrians & Parsees, we met at the Professor's home in Chorlton-cum-Hardy.
It was in July 1987 that the idea, the desire, to form an Association of Zoroastrians was conceived. The founder members comprised of Mr. Burjor & Mrs. Zarin Avari, Mr. Syrus & Mrs. Taraneh Zomorrody, & Mr. Eruch J. Cavasji. After discussing & discarding names like Association, Organisation, Group, it was eventually agreed to call ourselves the North West Zoroastrian Community (NWZC)
Very soon after, our enthusiasm led us to meet socially at various venues; & the Community began to take shape, with a formal Executive with powers to organise various activities, socials, & meetings on a firm & regular footing. As stipulated by our Constitution, we have endeavoured to meet at least six times a year. The functions are usually, though not always, specific. They include a function to celebrate the Iranian Spring Festival Jamshed-e-Navroz, on 21st of March each year.
In accordance with the constitution, our AGM is held in July. This was traditionally followed by a barbeque party. There is a function in August/September, to celebrate Pateti (New Year).Some functions are arranged with the sole purpose for us all to have a good time & knees up, by socialising with each other, enjoying good food & participating in music/dancing. Events of an intellectual or academic nature, such as debates, are also organised from time to time.
These provide a most interesting contrast to the remainder of our functions. All of our functions are accompanied by traditional home-cooked Parsee food, such as Dhansak.
In what appears to be no more than a twinkling of an eye, we approached the 25th anniversary of the inception of NWZC, in the year, 2012. We now have, up & running, this handy website which you have stumbled upon.
Every member of our group is getting older, even those who were in their teens & twenties, & who have now flown the nest. These young ones can now be classified as thirty-something & I can say with a satisfying element of pride that every one of them has carved wonderful careers for themselves. However, the circle continues, & we have new members joining us every now & then. I am equally as happy to report, therefore, that some of these families have brought with them, the patter of tiny feet.
Our community is led by a strong committee which endeavours to ensure functions are held on a regular basis & enjoyed by all. Since our humble beginnings, we have held many different types of functions like Bollywood movies & pot luck, question time debates, blending outside food with home cooked food, etc. This has led to larger attendance figures at our functions with participation from community members as far as Birmingham, Solihull, Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield, Blackburn, Royal Lamington Spa & Warrington.
Our Community held a large celebration of our 25th Anniversary in Dec 2012. A video of various memories of NWZC over last 25 years was created & launched with members sharing photographic memories & giving interviews with their families sharing their experience with the community. This event was celebrated on a greand scale & our founder members were given recognitions for their contributions to the community. This event also gave renewed optimism & impetus to the NWZC that it will exist well beyond the next 25 years & celebrate its 50th anniversary.
A beautiful story told in connection with the arrival of the Parsis in India.
The "Parsis" Name derived from the province of Pars in ancient Iran had to leave their motherland , their country because of religious persecution & reached the shores of India in the 8th century. They disembarked at the costal city of Sanjan in Gujrat.
The then king of Sanjan, Jadi Rana, was at first reluctant to let them stay. "My kingdom is like a cup of milk, full to the brim. How can i accommodate your people?" he asked Meherji, the chief. In reply, Meherji dissolved some sugar in a bowl of milk & handed it over to the Rana. The king understood. The man was saying that his people would not only displace anybody but they would mix & dissolve with the local people , sweeten them & get absorbed & work for the common good.Jadi Rana was impressed & allowed the Parsis to stay.
True to our promise the Parsis adopted Gujrati as their mother tongue & adopeted to the many Gujrati customs & have contributed significantly to the development of their adopted country.
On Saturday the 13 September 2014 the Zoroastrians of Birmingham are organising a Jashan and Pateti (Parsi New Year) celebrations at 4.00 p.m. at the Community Hall on the Balaji Temple site.
This function is a fitting opportunity to celebrate the first anniversary of the unveiling of the Tata steel Farohar on the Zoroastrian Parsi Hill.
If you are interested in attending this unique Jashan at the Balaji Temple than more details can be found using the following link:
On Saturday 30th November 2013, North West Zoroastrian Community (NWZC) & key people from the Balaji Temple visited the Everlasting Flame Exhibition in London & were then hosted by the ZTFE at the Zoroastrian Centre in Harrow for dinner.The trip proved to be a wonderful day of interfaith in action & following on from the Zoroastrian (Parsi) Hill event at the Balaji Temple,the Everlasting Flame is now another landmark in our shared relationship with our Hindu Brothers & Sisters.May this continue for perpetuity.
More details can be found using the following link: http://parsihilluk.wordpress.com/2013/12/01/nwzc-and-the-balaji-temple-trip-to-london/
On September 28th 2013 over 350 Zoroastrians travelled from across the UK to the Balaji temple & were joined by Hindus & people from other faiths to make it a very special day at the temple. The giant 25 acre site is the second biggest Hindu site in Britain & on Saturday one of the man made hills was dedicated to the Zoroastrian (Parsi) faith. The first two hills, celebrating Buddhism & Christianity, have already been consecrated.
Jimmy Suratia, ex chairman of the North West Zoroastrian Community, said: " This is the first Zoroastrian landmark outside London ever in the UK "
More details can be found using the following link: http://parsihilluk.wordpress.com/unveiling-day/nwzc/
Or check out our NWZCUK Facebook Page for more pictures and video.
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|Event dates for 2016-2017||Venue||Details|
|15th July to 17th July 2016||YZ Youth Camp(ZTFE) at Asha Centre||Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.|
|17th September 2016||HM Hall||Late Navroz Celebrations & Dance Workshop. 4 to 830 PM|
|20 Nov 2016||Manchester||Buffet Lunch.|
|07th Jan 2017||HM Hall||Christmas & New Year Bonanza. 4 to 830 PM|
|11th Feb 2017||HM Hall||TBA|
|25th March 2017||HM Hall||Navroz. Time TBA|
|6th or 13th May 2017||HM Hall||Pot Luck. 4 to 830 PM|
|10 June 2017||Venue TBA||Picnic.1 to 5 PM|
|01st July 2017||HM Hall||AGM. 4 to 830 PM|
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