• Monday, March 21, 2022 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Attention high school graduates, the application process for the Annual ZSO Academic and Community Service Award has open up for 2022. 

    The deadline for receiving completed applications this year is Monday, July 18, 2022. All pertinent details are in the application form.

    Good luck to all the applicants.

  • Sunday, March 20, 2022 11:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I would like to wish Norooz Pirooz to all the Zoroastrians in our community. 

    We, the ZSO board members, are looking forward to seeing everyone in person for the upcoming year. 

    Let’s all celebrate the spring equinox as a new beginning of life everlasting friendships to come.


    Mitra Jam

    ZSO President

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  • Friday, March 11, 2022 7:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The California Zoroastrian Center (CZC) presents 2022 Essay Contest Winners.

    The contest was for youth ages 14-18 with the topic, "According to the Gathas, can one be a Zoroastrian without a belief in God?"

    We received 4 entries, all intelligently written.

    After collaboration with the contest judges, we will announce one winner and three honorable mentions as follows:


    Mr. Zeyus Spenta from British Columbia (ZSBC)

    Honorable mentions:

    Mr. Rayhan Driver from Illinois (ZAMC)

    Ms. Chista Irani from California (PZO)

    Ms. Mantra Roointan from California (CZC-LA)

    The winner will receive a check for $300 dollars and the honorable mentions a check for $75 dollars each.  Please give us a few weeks to process the checks and mail them to you.

    Many thanks to our wonderful contestants, contest judges, Mr. Parviz Manoochehri our wonderful web master, Ms. Azadeh Hormozdiari for designing our flyer, California Zoroastrian Center, FEZANA, and all the religion teachers for their support.


    Artemis Javanshir

    Essay Contest Organizer

  • Wednesday, March 09, 2022 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    With key public health and health system indicators continuing to improve over the coming weeks, we are happy to share that by following the timelines and changes under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) for places of worship below are the revised changes to the Mehraban Guiv Darb e Meher (MGDM) drop in visits, social and religious gatherings. All reopening changes will continue to follow public health measures and requirements i.e. proof of vaccination, face coverings, physical distancing and environmental cleaning and disinfecting.   

    As we cautiously and gradually start the re-opening, The MGDM revised hours of operations effective, March 1st, 22 are as below:

    Day of the Week   Time
     Monday 4:30pm - 8:30pm 
     Tuesday 9am – Noon | 4:30pm - 8:30pm
    Wednesday  4:30pm - 8:30pm 
     Thursday CLOSED 
     Friday 9am – Noon | 4:30pm - 8:30pm
     Saturday 9am – Noon | 4:30pm - 8:30pm
     Sunday 9am – Noon | 4:30pm - 8:30pm

    When planning a visit to the MGDM please be sure to follow the mandatory requirements and guidelines:

    • Provide proof of vaccination (For large gatherings)
    • Wearing a non-medical mask/face covering is mandatory
    • Bring your own prayer book , head covering, sandalwood or other prayer related items
    • Maintain a social distance of two meters/six feet
    • Food and drink sharing is prohibited

    We are grateful to all our donors and well-wishers and request everyone to donate generously by visiting our website (

    Cash Donations

    Cheque Donations

    Drop off in the ZSO safety deposit box

    • DO NOT drop off any cheques in the safety deposit box
    • Make Cheque payable to ‘Zoroastrian Society of Ontario’
    • Complete the donation form and attach it with your cheque
      • Provide your email address if applicable to ensure timely and accurate issuance of donation receipts
    • Deliver the cheque and completed form together to our custodian or send it by mail

    NOTE: Cheques made payable to ZSO are not acceptable by the bank and rejected


    We thank you all for your support, patience and cooperation on keeping our community safe and healthy.  We continue to monitor guidance at all levels from local to provincial to federal, and closely assess any impact to our approach.  You continue to have our commitment to keeping you informed, as updates are available.

    Disclaimers and resources: 

    • “All visits to the MGDM are voluntary and at the visitor’s own discretion. Visitors must comply with applicable guidelines including limits on numbers, wearing of masks and physical distancing. All visitors are responsible for their own health & safety as well as respecting the health & safety of those around them.”  

  • Sunday, March 06, 2022 10:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Global Zoroastrian Glossary

    The FEZANA Talks #26

    The Global Glossary was created to unify the English spelling of Zoroastrian terms used in North America. It is an important initiative launched by the FEZANA Religious Education Committee with the hope to help future authors and publications maintain regularity and consistency.

    Please join Armaity Homavazir and Tashan Mistree as they discuss the work that went behind this initiative and how Zoroastrians can practically use it in their community.

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    Date: Saturday March 12th, 2022

    Time: 9 AM Pacific | 12 Noon Eastern | 5 PM UK | 10 PM Karachi | 10:30 PM India

    Speaker Bios

    Armaity Homavazir

    Armaity Homavazir has been involved with the Zoroastrian community from a very young age. She has participated in, organized and spoken at many congresses over the years. In 1996 and 1998, she was creator and co-director of Camp Pardis – a successful, six-week, summer camp for Zoroastrian children in Toronto. At present, she is a Religion Class teacher in Toronto and involved with the FEZANA Religious Education Committee in their endeavour to create lesson plans for local teachers. Armaity is a Special Education teacher working with students with Dyslexia and/or other Language based challenges. She has a passion for languages and has studied Gujarati, French, and Italian. She also has a background in Linguistics and Psychology. It is through her work with students challenged in literacy, and her own growing awareness of English spelling and orthography, that inspired this project.

    Tashan Mistree

    Tashan Mistree was fortunate to have been taught classical Zoroastrianism from a young age and has been teaching since she was a teenager. She currently resides in Philadelphia with her husband and two children and is a member and teacher at the Zoroastrian Association of Pennsylvania and New Jersey (ZAPANJ). Tashan believes in teaching Zoroastrianism the ‘fun way’, through activities, songs, arts, crafts, and relatable content for both Parents and children. She brought her everyday experience in living Zoroastrianism as a teacher parent to this project.

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    Topic: FEZANA Talk: The Zoroastrian Glossary Project
    Time: Mar 12, 2022 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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  • Sunday, March 06, 2022 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NAMC Institute of Zoroastrian Studies

    Lecture Series

    Sunday, March 13, 2022,  at 2 pm Eastern Time,11 am Pacific Time

    Topic:            Role of Urvan and Fravashi
                           in the Physical and Spiritual Worlds

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    Meeting ID: 824 3218 1448    Passcode: NAMCIZS

    You recognize this image, but do you know the Zoroastrian concept of Urvan and how it differs from Fravashi? Discover their origins in Zoroastrian texts and their functions in the physical and spiritual worlds. Learn the meaning of the symbol of Fravashi and its various interpretations.

    Presenter: Ervad Dr. Soli Bamji

    Soli holds a Ph.D. in solid state physics, and prior to his retirement he pursued Research and Development in dielectrics at the National Research Council of Canada. He is a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and past president of the IEEE Dielectrics Society. As a Mobed, he volunteers religious services to the Zoroastrian community in Ottawa and has participated in Interfaith Activities in the National Capital Region.

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