• Friday, August 26, 2022 10:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Weekly Zoroastrian Talks

    Dr. Rastin Mehri of Simon Fraser University has been giving talks on Zoroastrian Literature every Friday at 7pm (PST) / 10pm (EST) on Zoom.

    Come join in on any Friday to learn more about our texts, languages and history. All are welcome to join in.

    The zoom link is below:

    Join Meeting

    About the Speaker:

    Rastin Mehri obtained his PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies in the University of London, UK, under the supervision of Professor Almut Hintze and the late Professor John Hinnells. He holds an MA in Biblical Studies, and BA in Religions Studies, and a BFA (Fine Arts) all from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia. He currently teaches courses in the Department of World Languages and Literatures in Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia.

  • Thursday, August 11, 2022 7:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear ZSO members,

    We are happy to share that with the pandemic restrictions and mandates eased, this year we are observing the Shahenshahi Farvardegan days at the Mehraban Guiv Darb-e-Meher (MGDM) from August 11 – 15, 2022.

    The MGDM is open and ready to welcome our community during the auspicious Farvardegan days, where we reflect and pray, remembering our Loved ones who have passed away. With restrictions and mandates eased, we continue to be cautious and careful for the safety of our loved ones and community at large and have some changes to the Muktad Observances.

    Here is what you need to know about the upcoming Farvardegan days in August.

    The MGDM capacity for serving lunch and dinner is limited to 100 attendees

    • Lunch will follow the 11:30am Satum prayer
    • Dinner will follow the 7:00pm Satum prayer

    The following prayer performances will be in person and via live stream on ZSO’s YouTube channel.

    • Three Satum sessions (morning, afternoon and evening)
    • Afringan in the morning
    • Farokshi in the morning
    • Evening Satum and Hum Bundagi

    Schedule of Prayers:

    Thursday, August 11, 2022 | Friday, August 12, 2022 | Monday, August 15, 2022

    7:00am - Morning Satum
    7:30am - Afringan and Farokshi
    11:30am - Afternoon Satum
    7:00pm - Evening Satum

    Saturday, August 13, 2022 | Sunday, August 14, 2022

    8:00am - Morning Satum
    8:30am - Afringan and Farokshi
    11:30am - Afternoon Satum
    7:00pm - Evening Satum

    Including names of deceased in prayers:

    If you wish to include the names of your deceased loved ones in the farvardegan prayers, please complete “Muktad Prayers Form” and send it via email or mail to Ervad Hoshang Udwadia by August 05, 2022.

    • Email:
    • Mail: Ervad Hoshang Udwadia, 1007 – 10 Parkway Forest Drive, North York, Ontario. M2J 1L3.

    Please be reminded that the priests will only recite four names per form in the prayers. Names from the previous years will not be carry forwarded automatically.

    MGDM Clean Up:

    The MGDM clean up prior to farvardegan days is on Sunday, August 7th from 10am to 2pm. We request you all to come in large numbers. We will provide light refreshments and lunch. Click here to register or call/text Khushru Chothia (416) 677-7555.

    High School Students and Volunteer Hours:

    High school students can use this opportunity to earn some volunteer hours. If you are interested in earning those hours during the 5 days of farvardegan while helping the community, building new friendships and having some fun please contact Pearl or Spenta Chothia (416) 917-7402.

    Attending the Prayers and Staying for a Meal:

    Individuals attending the prayers and choosing to stay for a meal MUST register  online by calling Hoofrish Patel at (647) 313-9805 at least one day in advance. Attendees will only have the choice to stay for one meal per day. This will provide a fair opportunity and help us accommodate more individuals for the meals.

    For individuals ONLY attending the prayers no registration is required.

    Monetary and In Kind Donations:

    We encourage individuals to bring their own sandalwood as the supply at the MGDM is running low. We are also accepting donations of the same. Donations of fruit, flowers, food (Malido, papri, ravo, mithai, etc.) is gratefully accepted.

    We strongly recommend and encourage members to bring their own prayer books and head covering to avoid the spread of any germs and cross contamination. Masks are no longer mandatory, however encouraged in crowded places and large gatherings.

    For those who cannot visit the MGDM and wish to make an offering, please do so from the ZSO Store by clicking here.

    We are grateful to all our donors and well-wishers and request everyone to donate online.

    Cash Donations : Drop off in the ZSO safety deposit box

    Cheque Donations

    • Make Cheque(s) 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 are rejected.

    e-Transfer Donations


    Question: [Enter Your Phone Number]

    Answer: “ZSO3590”

    Message: Donation For………

    We look forward to seeing you at the MGDM during the upcoming Farvardegan days and thank you for your continued support and dedication.

    Putli Mirza, Chair – Muktad Committee

  • Tuesday, August 09, 2022 11:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    World Zoroastrian Chamber of Commerce (WZCC) - Toronto Chapter is thrilled to sponsor this Summer again, a workshop session for our youth 10 to 15 years on:

    Be Future Ready - Get An Edge Over Your Peers

    August 9th at 11.30 AM. EST
    Session will be conducted via Zoom by Global Youngpreneurs.

    The need for the future is not just skills, but an approach, a way of thinking, that will help enable our youngsters to do well and succeed.

    Tips and techniques to help them get an edge over others!

    As the Chinese proverb goes...

    "The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago;
    the second-best time to plant a tree is now!"

    Please RSVP your desire to have your youth join the session to or Call / Whatsapp on 647-807-2021 at the earliest.

    Zoom link and details will be sent out to those registered nearer the date.

    A leading mission of Global Youngpreneurs is to enable youth with key life skill-sets to help them achieve their dreams in career and life.
  • Sunday, August 07, 2022 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    "The End of Time: According to Zoroastrian Literature"

    A lecture by Professor Carlo Cereti

    Professor Cereti will be in San Diego on Sunday, August 7, 2022, and will review his latest research on “The End of Time According to the Zoroastrian Literature”.

    Professor Cereti has served as the chairman of Iranian Studies at the University of Rome, Italy. He has been involved with Ancient Iranian and Zoroastrian studies for a long time and has published extensively. Recently, has been offered the chair of Zoroastrian Studies which has been endowed at the University of California, Irvine.  

    Topic: "The End of Time: According to Zoroastrian Literature" - A lecture by Professor Carlo Cereti

    Time: Sunday, Aug 7, 2022 11:00 AM Pacific Time (2:00 p.m. EST, 7:00 p.m. GMT)

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 840 0050 0844

    Passcode: 078448

  • Sunday, August 07, 2022 11:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Asho Zarathushtra's Gathas

    Please Join Us For This Amazing 

    BaHumata Super Special

    With Our BaHumata Super-Stars 

    Ervad Kaivan Antia (Australia)

    Ervad Farzin Yazeshani (Pakistan, India And Iran)

    Payam And Parisa Khosravi (USA & Iran)

    This 20th Thought Provoking Inspirational Webinar 

    Will Be Conducted By

    Our Very Own Zarathushti Neuro Scientist 

    from Cambridge University in United Kingdom

    Dr. Karishma Koka, PhD 

    Founder, Host And Moderator of Ba Humata

    Please Reserve Your Time For A Milestone Experience Of Your Life.

    On Sunday, August 7, 2022

    8:00 AM Pacific Time

    11:00 AM  Eastern Time

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    11:00 PM  Perth Australia, Singapore And Hong Kong Time

      Join Zoom Meeting

     Meeting ID: 834 0882 6220

    Passcode: BAHUMATA




    The Facebook stream will be available at



  • Monday, August 01, 2022 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Future possibilities start with steps we take today, so I would encourage anyone who is interested in becoming involved to not hesitate to take that first step. We made such good connections with youth from all over the world at the 12th WZC in New York; we have already promised each other that we will all meet up again at the 8th WZYC in London next year!” - Natalie

    Hi Natalie! Welcome to our coffee chat and we’re excited to have you as our seventh guest in this series.

    Can you please tell us a bit about yourself?

    Hi all, I’m Natalie. I was born in Toronto and grew up in California, where I lived with my dad who is Parsi, my mom who is Canadian, and my sister. I studied Psychology/Human Health and Music at UC San Diego, and then worked as a behavior therapist as well as the manager of a music and arts school. I’m currently back in school completing my Masters in Psychology research at Arizona State University. I manage the Emotion, Culture, and Psychophysiology Lab, where I have multiple projects running regarding police stress and decision-making, exercise treatments for psychiatric patients, and music and arts interventions for children with mental differences. After I graduate in December, I plan to get a job in industry, hopefully with a health-centered tech company such as Google Health or the Calm App.

    Apart from my professional life, I am most passionate about developing meaningful connections with friends, mentoring peers and students in their academic journeys, coaching volleyball teams, writing music, traveling, and being outside enjoying nature. I am lucky to be surrounded by gorgeous landscapes and beautiful people daily, and I try my best to live in the moment and appreciate all that I have!

    Having grown up in San Jose, California and living between Phoenix and Los Angeles how do you manage to get involved with the local Zoroastrian Community?

    Our Zoroastrian community is so interconnected worldwide, and I have used that to my advantage wherever I have moved. I love that everyone knows everyone, and even if they don’t, their grandmothers probably went to school together! I find it’s been easy to get to know the community if you’re willing to just put yourself out there, connect with friends of friends, and sometimes show up without knowing anyone. That’s when new friends are made!

    Can you please tell us about your active role with the community? How did you get involved in hosting Z Camps for kids in Southern California? Do you ever have joint events with LA and other sister organizations?

    I have taken on an active role in the San Jose community over the past decade or so and it really started when I attended the summer Z Camp when I was 18. I met so many friends and had such a fun time competing, putting on shows, etc. that I returned the next year, and every year after that, as a counselor.

    Once people saw me getting involved, doors started to open, and people would come to me with ideas for projects they wanted to do in the community. Over the past few years, I have completed a few projects: I worked with a friend to produce a fine art photography book showcasing Parsi and Irani Zoroastrians in the San Francisco Bay Area, and the book and professional portraits were sold to raise funds for the new center. I also helped to create a mini documentary showcasing the diverse voices of our Bay Area community, young and old, involved and not involved, and from many different countries of origin. The message that rang loud and clear through the entire documentary is the fact that we all agree much more than we think we do, and we all want our community to survive and thrive.

    For those interested, the documentary is available at the following YouTube link:

    I am also on the building committee which is working on fundraising and purchasing a center for the new Northern California Zoroastrian Center. I am especially excited about this initiative because it will be the first organization and center in California that combines both sides of our community – Parsi and Persian. Having the American culture in common will aid the unification of our communities, and I strongly believe that sharing and appreciating one other’s cultures will allow our communities to unite to build a stronger presence in North America and worldwide.

    As for future involvement, I am going to be revamping the Z Camp for teenagers and moving it to be based in Los Angeles. Historically the camp has done a good job of bringing youth from all over California (and a handful from across North America and Iran) together, but we welcome teenagers from all over to attend, so please reach out if you know of anyone who is interested! Camp was how I made some of my closest Z friends and it is truly the catalyst that got me involved in the community.

    How do you think you can collaborate with FEZANA and other international sister organizations to stay connected and exchanging ideas?

    This is a great question! I do think our community would benefit from developing stronger connections and sharing resources. For example, there are several Zoroastrian communities in North America that have started or would like to start fundraising to eventually purchase a Zoroastrian center, however the task is daunting and time consuming. If we can make better use of our connections and resources across communities, we can save time and stop reinventing the wheel. I have thought about widely sharing the template for the documentary project, as well as the planning materials we use for the Z camp so that other communities can take these ideas and run with them. The massive WhatsApp group for Zoroastrian youth, as well as the Worldwide Zoroastrians Facebook group, are both a great start in getting people connected and sharing ideas across distances.

    You recently attended the 12th World Zoroastrian Congress in New York City, USA, can you tell us more about it and how it felt being around 1200 Zoroastrians from all over the globe in one single hotel for four days?

    The 12th WZC was an unforgettable experience! Right when I stepped out of the taxi in front of the hotel, I spotted Parsis – it was like a Zoroastrian takeover of Manhattan! I attended a number of wonderfully thought-provoking, inspiring sessions which dusted off the cobwebs of some incredibly important, timely topics. I got to experience beautiful entertainment and listen in on impressively progressive dialogue. I explored the city with old and new friends and made memories I will cherish for years to come. The entire four days were a treat and I left feeling so full of light, hope, and love for my community.

    Are you excited for the 8th World Zoroastrian Youth Congress in London, UK next July? Would you recommend it to someone who has no idea what a congress is? How do you think you can spread the word and increase the excitement around the once-in-a-four-years global youth event? What ideas would you suggest for someone who wants to attend but is looking for sponsorships to enable them to attend next year’s congress?

    I absolutely cannot wait for London 2023!!! Meeting the London crowd in New York really sealed the deal – we made such good connections with youth from all over the world at the 12th WZC in New York; we have already promised each other that we will all meet up again at the 8th WZYC in London next year! For anyone who isn’t sure about attending or who hasn’t been to a congress before, I would say to expect to be surrounded by people that “get” you. People that have the same roots, people that want to make friends, people that want to be involved and make a difference… Think about congress as an opportunity to explore a new city, meet new friends, and have important conversations about religion, culture, and community.

    Spreading the word for London is honestly easy now because we are all on such a high after coming out of the 12th WZC in NYC! I think that word of mouth is the most powerful, personal way to get people excited. So, tell your friends, friends of friends, cousins, and anyone who will listen! The London team is really bringing the heat!

    As for people seeking sponsorships to attend, I would say to reach out to your local community as a first step. Our community is so giving and well connected. Even if there is no sponsorship program already set up in your area, people like to come forward to help youth become involved. After all, we are the future!

    Being born of mixed races did you face any challenges growing up – with respect to identity and belonging?

    I think I was very lucky to grow up with the family I did. My mom is White, yet she cooks all the Parsi food, hosts potlucks, sits in on conversations that slip into Gujarati and nods along and listens for the English… and importantly, the San Jose community accepts her and my family fully. Ask anyone in San Jose – my mom is seen as an honorary Parsi! Of course, growing up I did notice I didn’t have as much knowledge as some of my friends about certain ceremonies or traditions. I don’t speak Gujarati and I had to learn how to wear a sari from my grandma when she was visiting, and aunties in the community would help me when I arrived at parties. Despite these minor challenges, I feel so grateful to have grown up with a mix of two cultures. I recognize my privilege in having this positive experience being mixed and I understand that our community has a long way to go to before my experience becomes the norm. I stand as an example of the good that can come from acceptance, and in an ever-diversifying society, I think this acceptance is essential for a successful future.

    And to anyone else who is of mixed heritage: You are perfect as you are! You bring diversity and a unique beauty to our community and most Zoroastrian people love and accept you just as you are. Your lived experience is valid, and people will listen to you and support you. You can be as involved as anyone else, you can express your voice, and you can make a difference!

    Lastly, what message do you have for our young members reading this and in what ways can they make an impact?

    I would encourage my generation to step forward and be a part of the movement – it is an exciting, important time in our history, and it is up to us to decide what the future of Zoroastrianism holds. What will the Zoroastrian reputation will be in North America? Will we be known for our altruism, as the Parsis are in India? Will we be environmentalists? Will we step forward to help other communities in need? All these future possibilities start with steps we take today, so I would encourage anyone who is interested in becoming involved to not hesitate to take that first step. Reach out to someone, become involved in a small way, and doors will open that you didn’t even know existed.


    Thank you so much Natalie, for your positivity and phenomenal work you do for the local community. You are such an amazing role model for our current and future youth!

  • Friday, July 22, 2022 6:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Have you ever asked...

    • Where do you live?
    • What language do you speak at home?
    • Are you an entrepreneur?
    • Do you donate to charitable causes?
    • What are your religious beliefs and practices?
    • What is your level of community engagement?
    • What do you believe are the community's greatest strengths and challenges?

    Answer these and many more pertinent questions about your religious, cultural, and community life in

    Gen Z and Beyond: A Survey for Every Generation

    This once-in-a-generation survey is totally anonymous and completely online.

    Sign up today

    You will receive an instant link in your email or over whatsapp and can take the survey immediately.

    The survey findings will be compiled and analysed by a dedicated team at the SOAS Shapurji Pallonji Institute of Zoroastrian Studies. SOAS, University of London is a neutral academic institution that adheres to the highest research standards. The final report will be written by Dr Sarah Stewart who has 30+ years of teaching and research in Zoroastrianism.

    This project has been supported by FEZANA and many of its member associations since its inception. Findings of this survey will help streamline policy and activities at the local and FEZANA wide level in the years to come.
    The survey is open to people aged 18 who have:

    • Two (Iranian / Parsi / Irani) Zoroastrian parents, or
    • A (Iranian / Parsi / Irani) Zoroastrian father, or
    • A (Iranian / Parsi / Irani) Zoroastrian mother, or
    • At least one (Iranian / Parsi / Irani) Zoroastrian grandparent, or
    • A (Iranian / Parsi / Irani) Zoroastrian spouse

    All the above categories are separate and will be compiled and analysed separately. 
    If you have any questions, please email or WhatsApp +4420 7074 5146.

    Begin the Survey NOW

  • Sunday, May 08, 2022 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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