most important ritual in the Parsi faith is the Navjote,
the tying of the kusti, or sacred thread.
The ceremony is performed by a priest who chants prayers
while tying the kusti around the child’s
waist. During the ritual, the girl or boy recites a prayer
and chants the Ahuna-Vairya, the most ancient
and powerful Mazdayasnan prayers. Parsis
follow Zoroastrianism, a faith that originated in Persia
but has its greatest numbers now in India, especially in
Mumbai. According to the faith, a Parsi must actively resist
evil, make a sincere effort to perfect oneself and, most
importantly, promote good in the world. Placing an emphasis
on the individual’s moral responsibility for the good
of the community, Parsis are some of the nation’s
most generous social citizens.