Congress History

It may come as a surprise to the younger generation of Zoroastrians worldwide, that the World Congress events have been in operation since 1960. That’s almost 57 years ago!

The meetings of the diaspora brings about the best of our community members to discuss and debate the current and historical events, thoughts on our philosophy, religious issues,  housing problems in India & current issues that affect the community to assist our priests the youth,  women & seniors of our community.

Mr  Dinshaw Tamboli of WZO India has assisted us with the list below of past congress programmes being held in following cities.

 

1960 – Tehran

1964 – Mumbai

1974 – Mumbai

1978 – Mumbai

1990 – Mumbai

1996 – Tehran

2000 – Houston

2005 – London

2009 – Dubai

2013 – Mumbai

Parsis

In India, one of the most culturally enriched communities of our country, the Parsis have always been an exemplary race of peace and coexistence. One of the two sects of the Zoroastrians, (the other being the Irani), the Parsis brought their heritage and culture to India between the 8th and 10th century through Gujarat and Sindh. Since then, they have become an integral part of the country, ameliorating the essence of Indian heritage over the years. Let’s celebrate the existence of our beloved Parsi community with some fascinating stories, legends and myths associated with their history and lore.

Zoroastrianism

Zoroastrianism is one of the major and oldest religions of the world. The religious philosophy divided the early Iranian gods. Zoroastrian being one of the most powerful and official religion of Iran, is now said to be one of the world’s smallest religions. Zoroastrians are followers of the Prophet Zoroaster, the founder of ancient Iran. The name Zoroaster is a Greek rendering of the name Zarathustra. Zoroaster was born in Iran and in the culture of polytheistic belief (worship of many gods). His teachings was a guidance stating the numerous Ahuras (gods) of the traditional Indo-Iranian religion with just one, the All Divine  – All knowing God, Ahura Mazda.

Zoroaster

His life story also reads a lot like that of other Preachers, but he propagated the law of choice, the right for each person male or female, to make their own choice for all things on the planet, and results for same will be meted out to you according to the actions and words you take up on earth. The famous doctrine of -Good Thoughts, Good words & Good deeds was preached by him, to mankind in early times. A Zoroastrian is also said to be God’s helper. The Zoroastrian community works towards social improvement and considers everyone to be equal. Over the upcoming centuries, Zoroastrianism survived with just a few minor cultural differences in both in India and Iran.