The significance of the word ‘Pateti’-is derived from the Middle Persian word for repentance Patet. Papeti or Pateti is New Year’s Eve for orthodox Parsi’s who follow the Shahenshahi Calendar. The next day is considered as ‘Navroze’ which is the New Year’s Day.
Pateti, is, therefore, a day for all good Parsi’s to reflect on their thoughts, words and deeds of the previous year and to repent on those that they were not so proud of. This repentance allows one to dedicate the New Year to good thoughts, good words and good deeds as a process of self-improvement and self-growth.
The feasting begins and the ‘chalk’ and colourful ‘torans’ (Toran – A glass bead garland adorned on the door) are adorned and to thank Ahura Mazda for all that has been bestowed upon one, however, small or big, and say a thank you, for no matter how well you have lived your life, always remember there is someone more fortunate or well of than you as well as someone less fortunate than you.
This year the Parsi’s or Zoroastrians celebrated their New Year on 17 August.
The following are 2 dishes with their recipes that Parsi’s relish on their New Year.
Palak Mutton (Spinach Mutton)
Kheema Kaleji Masala (Mutton mince liver masala)