|Calendar in the Fire Temple|
Some of the names of the months slightly differ between the Zoroastrian and Iranian calendars, so I was particularly interested in August since that's the month I was born in. Mordād means mortal in Persian; however on the Zoroastrian calendar, it's Amordād, immortal, (ah, much better!), and the seventh day of the month.
|Names of the 30 days and their meanings|
|Names of the months and their meanings|
Another interesting point about this calendar is that Zoroastrians fast four days of the month: Bahman, Māh, Goosh, and Rām. These are the 2nd, 12th, 14th and 21st days respectively. On these days, they don't eat meat but instead eat bread, rice, yogurt, potatoes and herbs thereby establishing a sense of equality with those who may not be able to afford meat. For people who are a little more financially strapped, they may even hold weddings on these days so as to avoid the feeling of roodarbaisti.
Learning about these traditions after a tour of the Zoroastrian neighborhood intrigued me as to the way their customs really seemed to create equality and community. Stay tuned for tomorrow's post about how the architecture of Yazd's old Zoroastrian neighborhood plays a role in creating community.