Orthodox Zoroastrians will rise, bathe and say their prayers before dawn, since this is the time to bid farewell to the Fravashis, the souls, who have joined in the festivities of the Hamaspathmaidyem Gahambar. On Nowruz Day, after bathing, members of the family dressed in new clothes gather around the table at the behest of the matriarch of a Zoroastrian home.
Greeting is exchanged after which the matriarch holds up a mirror and each person (and later, visitors) look into the mirror and smile. The mirror reflects a person's past, shows the present and reminds a person to reflect on future goals and pledges. In Zoroastrian theology, the soul receives a reflection of a person's thoughts, words and deeds - "as you sow, so shall you receive". The festivities include elder members of the household giving younger members gifts.
Breakfast can include sweet dishes such as Faloodeh (or falooda), Ravo, and a dish made from fried vermicelli cooked in sugar preparation and decorated with dry fruits. These dishes are more the norm amongst Zoroastrians from India.
Faloodeh in Iran is served thoroughly chilled in a bowl and looks like vermicelli-like white strands soaked in rose syrup or a sweet sharbat (sherbet).
In India, the Zoroastrian-Irani diners have transformed Faloodeh into a milk shake topped with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream. There it is called Falooda.
Ravo is made with suji (semolina - a coarsely ground and highly glutinous hard durum wheat), milk and sugar. It is prepared and looks like a thick porridge.
A Nowruz lunch according to Indian Zoroastrian tradition includes pulav, rice with nuts and saffron, moong dal and fish, a dishes with similarities to the Iranian meal of Sabzi Polo Mahi.
In Iran, some traditional Nowruz foods have good luck wishes for the New Year associated with them. The dishes include:
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