ZAWA Annual Jashan Ceremony - 2002
On 21 July (Roj Asphandarmad, Mah Asphandarmad, 1371 Y.Z.), ZAWA held its annual Jashan ceremony for the year 2002. The venue was the Australian Asian communities Hall in Central Perth. It was a fine and clear day, although it had been raining for the previous few days bringing us precious water for the next summer.
Dastoors Ervad Darius Pavri, Ervad Aspi Madan and Ervad Pashin Madan performed the Jashan ceremony with zeal and devotion. The Jashan was attended by almost all of the Zoroastrian community of Perth and Western Australia.
Upon completion of the ceremony, fruits, ravo (semolina sweet) and malido (another semolina sweet) were served to the attendees as chashni (holy food).
After the chashni, a discussion was held on current Zoroastrian affairs in Perth. A proposal was put forward by Neville Patell regarding ZAWA procuring property im Midland for religious and social purposes. This gave some food for thought to everybody.
Lunch for that day was donated by an anonymous Zoroastrian. Fish/vegetable curry - rice and spicy potatoes were enjoyed by young and old alike. A vote of thanks was given to this generous person/s by Chairman Firoz Pestonji.
Here then are some high quality photographs taken on that day for your visual stimulation:
Zoroastrian Association of Western Australia Inc. Jashan Ceremony being performed by three
Dastoors (Priests). Ervad Darius Pavri (back to camera), Ervad Aspi Madan (far right) and his son
Ervad Pashin Madan perform the Jashan with zeal and devotion.
Ervad Darius Pavri, now with face to camera.
Jashan Ceremony in progress. Wall carpet in background was donated by Mrs. Irandokht Irani a couple of years ago.
Community members start coming to the hall slowly. Family by Family.
The attendees (towards the end of the Jashan).
A family of devoted Zoroastrians paying respect to the Holy Fire.
After the Jashan, activities kick-off in the kitchen. Fruit is being chopped up for the Chashni.
More activity in the kitchen. These preparations are for the lunch.
Fruit, ravo and malido served up as chashni.
Community members being served lunch by volunteers.