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  • Saturday, June 01, 2024 12:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2nd Bapsi Sidhwa Literary Prize

    Applications Invited


    Announcement: 2nd Bapsi Sidhwa Literary Prize.

    We are thrilled to announce the call for submission for the 2nd Bapsi Sidhwa Literary Prize, a prestigious award named in honor of the renowned Pakistani- American novelist, Bapsi Sidhwa. This biennial award promotes fiction by Zoroastrian authors and honors the legacy of Bapsi Sidhwa, the first recognized Zoroastrian author from Pakistan.


    • The Bapsi Sidhwa Literary Prize will be granted to writers of fiction, accepting novels and collections of short stories.
    • Open to Zoroastrian authors aged 18 years and above.
    • Each submission must be the original work of a single author.
      Co-authored books, edited books, anthologies and self-published books are not eligible.
    • Submissions should be in English and must be first editions.
    • Works must be published between January 2022 and April 2024.

    Submission Period:

    • Submissions should include a completed Application Form.
    • A hard copy and a digital copy is required. The digital copy will be sent electronically to the judges. The hard copy will be added to the FIRES library collection.
    • The submission deadline is June 1, 2024 for the 2024 award.

    Submission Process:

    • Fill out the online application form below.
    • Hard copies must be sent or delivered to FIRES/ZAH at 526 Woodbend Lane, Houston, Texas 77079.
    • Digital copy should be sent to
    • For any questions, contact


    • The winner of the 2nd Bapsi Sidhwa Literary Prize will receive US$ 2000, a trophy, and the opportunity to showcase their work at the 18th North American Zoroastrian Congress in Houston, Texas, in December 2024.
    • Finalists and winner will be announced at the FEZANA Awards ceremony at the 18th North American Congress. The winner is encouraged to attend or delegate a representative to accept the prize.

    Selection and Adjudication:

    • A panel of judges will select finalists and choose the winner.
    • The organizer and judges are not responsible for plagiarism issues among finalists.
    • In case of insufficient entries, the prize will not be assigned.
    • The decision of the finalists and winner is final.

    Background and history:

    • The Bapsi Sidhwa Literary Prize is established by the Library Committee of the Zoroastrian Association of Houston (ZAH), home of the FEZANA Information Research and Education System (FIRES).
    • FIRES is a centralized collection of materials related to Zarathushti faith, culture and history.
    • The Prize honors and promotes the work of Zoroastrian writers in line with Bapsi Sidhwa’s legacy.
    • Named after the first recognized Zoroastrian writer from Pakistan, Bapsi Sidhwa, the Prize aims to recognize literary works biennially.

    We look forward to receiving your submissions and celebrating the rich tapestry of Zoroastrian literature in honor of Bapsi Sidhwa.

    Apply Now

    FEZANA Information, Research and Education System (FIRES) is a centralized collection of books, manuscripts, literature, magazines, and scholarly research materials in print and electronic form, primarily pertaining to Zarathushti faith, culture, and history.

    FIRES was established in 2010, and is housed and managed by the Zoroastrian Association of Houston (ZAH) Library. It is accessible by all FEZANA Associations and individuals.


  • Tuesday, April 30, 2024 12:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Scholarships 2024
    Deadline 30th April 2024

    Applications for the Shapoorji Pallonji Scholarship are now open for MA and MPhil/PhD students. Students approaching Zoroastrianism from a variety of different disciplinary backgrounds, such as historical, linguistic, or study of religions, are all invited to apply.

    The deadline for applications is April 30th, 2024. Find more information and details on eligible programs, follow this link: Shapoorji Pallonji scholarships | SOAS

    For enquiries, please email and you can sign up to our mailing list to see all opportunities the Institute has to offer.

    Hear from last year's scholars

    Arish Dastur

    "As I approach the end of the third year of my PhD, I offer my most sincere gratitude to the Shapoorji Pallonji Scholarships for helping enable this wonderful journey. My PhD thesis Imagination and Meaning in the Zoroastrian Yašts is progressing very well. The third year of my PhD has been rich and productive, and a majority of the writing that shall be shaped into my final thesis has been completed. I shall use the fourth year of my PhD to finesse and finalise my thesis, and I am on schedule to submit it for examination on 15 July 2024."

     Shiruy Billimoria

    "I was grew up in Bombay (Mumbai), to a working-class Parsi Zoroastrian family where the tenets of our religion – Good Thoughts, Good Words and Good Deeds, were deeply embedded into my personality due to the rigorous efforts of my parents, and later on my teachers. It is no exaggeration to state that I simply would not have been able to attend SOAS if it was not for the Shapoorji Pallonji Scholarship - without the scholarship there would be no MA for me. It gave me the opportunity that I had been working towards for a very long time to fully focus on my studies during the entirety of the year."

    Visit our website to find out more about the Institute.

    SOAS, University of London
    Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
    London WC1H 0XG
    Tel: +44 (0)207 074 5146

  • Tuesday, February 20, 2024 8:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FEZANA Interfaith Activities Committee in collaboration with Project C.A.R.V. (Community Awareness for Relationship Violence) presents:

    Teen Dating Violence
    Become Aware     Help Prevent

    Tuesday, February 20th, 2024, at 8 PM Eastern | 5 PM Pacific


    In this virtual program, we aim to raise awareness about Teen Dating Violence, and inspire you to join hands with those who are already fighting to prevent and end it. We will also provide the attendees with a basic Toolkit on Teen Dating Violence Prevention.

    Our Speakers:

    • Mishal Ali is a senior at Klein High School and a Co-Founder of Project C.A.R.V.
    • Mahtab B. Dastur is a senior at Klein High School and a Co-Founder of Project C.A.R.V.
    • Susana Pulido is a senior at Klein High School and a Co-Founder of Project C.A.R.V.
    • Elizabell Vo is a junior at Klein High School and a Co-Founder of Project C.A.R.V.
    • Giovanni Valenzuela is a senior at Klein High School and an active advocate for TDV Awareness

    Program Moderated by:

    Bakhtavar Desai & Homi Gandhi,

    Co-Chairs, FEZANA Interfaith Activities Committee

    Register Now

  • Saturday, February 17, 2024 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The California Zorastrian Cener (CZC) of Public Relations Committee invites you:

    The class is designed as consecutive sessions. If interested, please plan to attend the first session to be included on the class email list. If you are unable to attend the first session, make sure to email us at

    Join Zoom Meeting

  • Tuesday, February 13, 2024 7:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Ontario Zoroastrian Community Foundation (OZCF) wants your continued support to get them.

    From Here

    To Here

    OZCF thanks each and every one of you for getting OZCF to this stage. As we approach the final stretch of this historic achievement for all Zoroastrians. OZCF is reaching out for your continued support once again and requesting your wholehearted participation by clicking below and donate to:

    OZCF's Funds For Faith 1 Million Challenge

  • Wednesday, February 07, 2024 1:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Click on the link CGCG SM FEB 2024-ENGLISH FINAL.mp4 and listen as Julie Aubé, Executive Director at Maison McCulloch Hospice speaks to the impact of Charitable Gaming.

  • Sunday, January 28, 2024 4:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FEZANA is thrilled to share momentous news with you! The vibrant tradition of Sadeh, our cherished mid-winter festival, has officially been inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity!

    This prestigious recognition is a testament to the enduring legacy of Sadeh, a celebration that transcends borders and unites Zoroastrians around the world. From the joyous crackling of bonfires to the heartwarming communal feasts, Sadeh embodies our shared values of resilience, hope, and the triumphant return of spring.

    To learn more about this significant achievement and delve deeper into the rich history and customs of Sadeh, we invite you to explore the following resources:

    UNESCO Inscription Page:

    As we rejoice in this collective victory, we encourage you to share your own Sadeh celebrations with the world! Tag @FEZANA on your social media posts featuring photos and videos. We will be actively reposting and amplifying your voices, showcasing the diverse and vibrant ways our global community honors this ancient tradition.

    Additionally, feel free to directly message our social media accounts with your contributions – we'd love to feature them prominently!

    With warmest regards and Happy Sadeh,

    Cody K. Partovi

    FEZANA Secretary

  • Tuesday, January 23, 2024 3:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FEZANA is happy to announce that applications are open for the 2nd edition of the World Zoroastrian Youth Leaders Forum.

    Below is an announcement received from Sanaya Master who is the WZYLF 2.0 Coordinator. She also serves as Co-Chair on the Welfare and Unity Committee of FEZANA.

    World Zoroastrian Youth Leaders Forum 2.0: Empowering Future Leaders

    We are thrilled to announce the much-anticipated launch of the second edition of the World Zoroastrian Youth Leaders Forum (WZYLF 2.0). Set to take place from May 24th to June 2nd, 2024, this exclusive event will bring together 25 dynamic young Zoroastrian leaders at the renowned ASHA Centre in the heart of the picturesque Gloucestershire, England.

    Nestled amidst the serene landscapes of Gloucestershire, the ASHA Centre stands as a sanctuary for personal growth and innovative thinking. What sets ASHA apart is its unique approach to education, emphasizing a holistic model that engages the head, heart, and hands in creative problem-solving. This distinctive methodology fosters a deeper understanding of complex issues and encourages participants to explore solutions through various perspectives.

    Building on the success of our inaugural forum, WZYLF 2.0 aims to continue nurturing the leadership potential of young Zoroastrians who have demonstrated a strong commitment to community engagement and a passion for shaping the future of Zoroastrianism.

    This carefully curated event is an invitation-only platform that offers a unique opportunity for emerging leaders to collaborate, exchange ideas, and envision innovative projects in a supportive environment.

    The impact of previous WZYLF participants on the global Zoroastrian community has been nothing short of extraordinary. These young leaders, after their participation in the forum, have embarked on remarkable endeavors, holding leadership positions in prestigious organizations, initiating impactful projects, hosting global conferences, and actively participating in crucial global events. Their remarkable journey post-forum is a testament to the transformative power of this gathering and the potential it ignites within its participants.

    At WZYLF 2.0, participants can anticipate an immersive and dynamic experience comprising engaging workshops, mentorship opportunities, and interesting field trips to historically significant sites such as Oxford University, Ruskin Mill, and Stratford-upon-Avon. Embracing ASHA's distinctive holistic approach to learning, the program aims to nurture leadership qualities, ignite innovative thinking, and cultivate a shared vision for a more promising future within the Zoroastrian community.

    If you are interested in this transformative opportunity or wish to learn more about the event, application process and cost of attending, please visit or contact us at

    WZYLF 2.0 is not just a forum; it's a stepping stone for young Zoroastrian leaders to envision, collaborate, and lead the way towards a vibrant future for our community. Join us in this exciting journey of leadership, collaboration, and positive change.

    Apply Now

  • Monday, January 15, 2024 7:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FEZANA is pleased to announce to announce the release of ‘Iranshah A Legacy Restored’, a book about the heritage restoration of the Iranshah Ātash Behram.

    Published by Shapoorji Pallonji, the book is sold exclusively by FEZANA in North America, for anyone interested in exploring a volume of visuals, scripted with a narrative on Zoroastrian heritage.

    Through an exclusive collaboration with the Shapoorji Pallonji Group, FEZANA has procured a limited quantity of these books to be shipped out of our headquarters in Chicago to addresses in the United States and Canada only.

    Iranshah: A Legacy Restored

    The book captures the extensive structural restoration by Shapoorji Pallonji, of the Fire Temple and buildings in its campus, recording work as it unfolded, revealing discoveries of interventions to the structures and the process for conservation of the art and antiquity. Along with technical details, the book also gives a glimpse of life in the sleepy coastal town of Udwada, the significance of a consecrated fire, a brief introduction of the Zoroastrian religion and glances at the cultural practices of a community that has made India their home for the last 1,300 years,

    “The restoration of the Ātash Behram is in gratitude to the legacies our priests have preserved, and the book is a tribute to everyone who has toiled on this restoration project,” says Shapoor Mistry, Chairman, Shapoorji Pallonji And Company Pvt Ltd.

    This Fire Temple is the house of the most revered, oldest and continuously burning fire, consecrated 1,300 years ago, and is the principal place of worship of the Parsi, Irani Zoroastrian faith and community. The Iranshah Ātash Behram building was constructed 130 years ago and consecrated on 31st October 1894, in Udwada, a town within the state of Gujarat, in India.

    The publishers are grateful for the valuable support we received from scholars of Zoroastrianism to make this book an insightful volume for posterity. And many skills and much enthusiasm was found within our teams at Shapoorji Pallonji, to take this book from conceptualization, to writing and designing, to production and publishing.

    The book is priced at US $50 for shipping to United States and US $70 for shipping to Canada.

    Please allow 10-15 days for shipping.



  • Friday, December 15, 2023 12:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join us for ZYNA’s annual retreat in beautiful Vancouver during the February Long Weekend of 2024! From 6 pm PST on Friday, February 16th to 11 am Monday, February 19th, 2024, Zoroastrian Youth of North America aged 15-35* are invited for a weekend full of community building, connection, and cultural engagement! The focus of this long weekend event is to empower and engage the youth of today to become the leaders of tomorrow.

    There are limited slots available and once we reach capacity, we will open up a wait-list.

    Inclusive of 3-night hotel accommodation, transportation during the events, and most meals throughout the weekend.

    • USD 150 for a Quad occupancy room 
    • USD 250 for a Double occupancy room 
    • USD 450 for Single occupancy room 

    Registrants will be required to provide their transportation to the hotel located in Burnaby, British Columbia. Registrants are recommended to fly into YVR by the afternoon of Friday, February 16th, as events will begin by 6 pm PST. 

    Register by January 15th, 2024

    No Partial Registrations – No Cancellations 

    *Parental consent would be required for those under the age of 18.

    More details about the schedule and activities coming soon. 

    Excited to see you all in Vancouver!

    Farzin Avari, Kimiya Shahzadi & Anaheez Karbhari

    ZYNA Co-Chairs 

    For any questions or concerns reach out to us at

    Register Now

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