Saturday, May 9, 2009

Aban Parab

In the Zoroastrian calendar, each of the 30 days of the month bears the name of the yazata, or spiritual being, who is believed to preside over that day. Similarly, each of the 12 months bears the name of the vazata who rules over that month. When the dav and the month both share the same name, as thev do on the 10th of Aban, it is considered a name-dav feast. The vazata of the month of Aban is the female waters. On name-feast days Zoroastrians attend services in a fire temple, a meeting hall, or a private home.
Because of discrepancies in the calendars used by widely separated Zoroastrian communities around the world, there are now three different calendars in use, and the 10th of Aban can fall either in October, March, or February according to the Gregorian calendar.
Followers of the Zoroastrian religion, which was founded by the prophet Zoroaster {or Zarathushtra, who is believed to have lived around 1200 B.C.), today live primarily in Iran and northwestern India, although smaller communities exist in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Canada, the U.S., England, and Australia.

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