The Congress

The XVIth North American Zarathushti Congress will bring together Zarathushtis of all ages from all over the world to celebrate our community and explore Zarathushti Existence in the Contemporary World.  Who do we consider a Zarathushti? What can we do to make navjote a more meaningful ritual for children? How can we help care for our aging loved ones? The Congress will provide a forum for these and other questions, the opportunity to strengthen old friendships, and to create new ones.  Pack your bags and book your tickets to New York from August 2nd to 5th, 2012.

The Program

Congress organizers have conducted interviews with community members from all corners of the globe to identify emerging issues and relevant topics. These topics will be featured in four parallel tracks – lectures, discussions, and other activities designed to help participants learn from scholars, community leaders, and most importantly, one another.  Throughout the Congress, participants will work together to create a roadmap to a future in which our community thrives.

The Education track focuses on developing a strong, consistent methodology for those interested in teaching Zarathushti principles and practices. The Youth track offers a forum to learn about and discuss the questions most relevant to young people growing up in North America. Core Beliefs will explore the unique elements of Zarathushtra’s teachings and how they translate into daily living.  In Rituals and Practices, participants will examine the Navjote and other core ceremonies and how they can be made more meaningful in the North American context.  Worldwide Zarathushti community issues will examine poverty, the destruction of our heritage sites, and other pressing issues that threaten the community.


Beautiful, bustling New York offers something for everyone. From a music-filled Youth Night to a wine-n-dine banquet featuring amazing talent from across our community, the Social Committee is creating a Congress experience like never before. Adventurers can enjoy a night in Manhattan, choosing from a variety of activities. Tour New York city’s most spectacular landmarks, cruise around the island and enjoy a dinner cruise with breathtaking views of the New York skyline and the Statue of Liberty, or explore the theater district and enjoy a Broadway show.

Mark your calendars for what promises to be an extraordinary four-day event.