Zartosht No-Diso

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Zartosht no-diso, or Zarthost no deeso, is an important day of mourning in the Zoroastrian religion. It is a commemoration of the death anniversary of the prophet Zoraster. It is observed on the 11th day (Khorshed) of the 10th month (Dae). In the seasonal calendar, Zarthost No-Diso falls on December 26.

It is an occasion of mourning with lectures and discussions held on the life and works of the prophet. Special prayers are recited,[citation needed] and attendance at the fire temple is very high. A much higher number of mobeds are brought to pray at the Atash Behrams and Atash Adarans.

However, Zoroaster’s death is not mentioned in the Avesta. Nonetheless, in the Shahnama 5.92,[1] he is said to have been murdered at the altar by the Turanians in the storming of Balkh.


  1. ^ Williams Jackson 1899, pp. 130–131.