Everyday Parsi

Everyday Parsi: Rita Jamshed Kapadia

Our seventh author in the Everyday Parsi series.

Author: Arzan Sam Wadia

Source: Parsi Khabar 

Rita Jamshed Kapadia writes:

The sweet smell of flowers, the beautiful aroma of sandalwood and “loban”, the well laid out tables with “karasiyaas” and vases and the soothing chant of the ancient prayers recited by our Dastoorji – these are all wonderful memories of the “Muktad” days, that I remember growing up as a young girl in Ahmedabad.

Today, I am married and live with my husband and children in the US. Living far away from our families, missing their warmth and our traditional Parsi holidays, we try to create a similar Parsi culture in our American home and inculcate the importance of Muktad and Gatha days into our children.

In India, we had a tradition of cleaning the house completely in preparation for the Muktads, which are followed by five days of Gathas, last day of the year – Pateti – being the day of reflection and repentance, and then celebrating Navroze. Offerings of flowers, fruits, daraan and malido were made during the Muktads. We follow the same tradition here also, lighting the divo, offering flowers and fruits in remembrance of the departed.

clip_image002Back home, we went to the Agiary in the Muktad days. We were taught from an early age to pray during these pious days for our dear departed relatives.

For us, Muktad is a very special time to remember our loved ones, who have departed, cherish the ideals they pursued, emulate them in all the good they did and pray for their souls. Over time the pain of loosing them gives way to the joyful memories and we celebrate their lives.

Rita Jamshed Kapadia is a software engineer and a Web developer. One of her hobby site is Parsi Cuisine. Rita was vice president of the Zoroastrian Association of Greater Boston Area and currently volunteers as the ZAGBA Website administrator

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About Parsi Cuisine

Since 1999, Rita Kapadia, founder of ParsiCuisine.com, has provided recipes, food news, health tips and articles on this website. Recently, Rita has published several Parsi Cuisine cookbooks. Cookbooks are sold on Amazon.com worldwide. Our Parsi Cuisine cookbooks are a labor of love. The cookbooks began in an effort to maintain and preserve our recipes and traditions for the next generation, many of whom have been raised in USA, UK, Australia, France, Germany, Canada and other countries outside of India. Written for today's generation of cooks and food enthusiasts, the cookbook “Parsi Cuisine Manna of the 21st Century” by Rita Jamshed Kapadia provides a treasure trove of recipes, along with an immersive cultural experience for those seeking to understand this ancient and timeless cuisine. Besides being a reference, a coffee table item, it also makes a ideal gift for your children and friends.

31. July 2013 by Parsi Cuisine
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