of February, the 5th day of the Iranian month of Esfand,
is the day of Esfandgan celebrations
for Zoroastrians, and it is said that the whole month and
especially this day mark commemoration of women, the
oldest of its kind one in the world.
In Zoroastrian religion the day belongs to the Emshaspand,
Sepandarmaz who is the symbol of love and humbleness in
the spiritual world and the guardian of the earth in the
In the ancient Iranian tradition, women set aside the
house chores and put the responsibility on the shoulders
of their men for just one day. The men were also supposed
to offer their women gifts.
To mark the day, the family would wake up earlier, cleaned
the house, and celebrated the day by cooking Aash - a kind
of Iranian soup like stow - with special Zoroastrian
Iranian scholar like Pourdavud believe the feast should be
celebrated on the fifth day of the month of Esfand
(February 24th), and the current date accepted by by
Zoroastrians of Iran and India is a mistake which occurred
in recent decades and they demanded to be rectified.