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Rituals and Traditions

  1. Gool Āb
    Kerr, Dr. Sam
    Deeply rooted in age-old tradition and culture…… the inimitable habit of the ‘scattering of Rose petals’ and ‘sprinkling of Rose water’, widening the aura of fragrance, as it were, as a sign of goodwill and welcome, to this day, remained typically Iranian. The article talks of the aesthetics and the millennia-old love for the elegant Rose of Iran, the first to be legislated a’ National Emblem’ of a country, long before any other deemed any other rose to be so.

  2. The legendary Rose of Iran
    Kerr, Dr. Sam

    Gool-e-Surati (Rose) seems to have grown in Persia for the first time in history. The Persian rose and its extracts such as Gool Ab (rose water) have become an integral part of Zoroastrian traditions and rituals. It has continued to capture the imagination of poets and intellectuals as described in this article.

  3. The Pomegranate Fruit
    Damania, Dr. Ardeshir B.
    One of the most ancient fruit trees to have been domesticated - is the traditional fruit of the central Iranian plateau where it originated from. It is used in many of the Zoroastrian religious functions and rituals.  This informative article provides insights into the importance and use of this medicinal fruit. 

  4. The Significance of Plant Life in Zarathushti Liturgy
    Bagli, Ervad Dr. Jehan
    The ceremony for the collection of the date palm leaf (Aiwiyaonghan) and pomegranate twigs (Urvaram) is performed by a priest with highest order of ritual purity. The date palm tree historically has been recognized as a tree of life and an emblem of immortality.