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Parsi festivals are not marked by grand processions and music, but are meant for introspection and religious discourses. According to the Parsis there are six seasons in a year and a significant festival occurs in each. The Gahambars as the festivities are called were originally agricultural in nature, but as Zoroastrianism spread far and wide, they took on a religious significance. The first Gahambar comes around on the eleventh day of the Parsi month Ardibenesh, the second on the eleventh of Tir, the third on the twenty-sixth of Shehnever, the fourth on the twenty-sixth of Meher, the fifth on the sixteenth of Dai and the sixth on the first of Gatha. The Gahambars are days of great feasting and get-togethers.


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