A Resource for Iranian Traditions and Culture

Ancient Whispers, Songs of Persia

Celebrating Life



Welcome to the Iranian cultural website!

As a public service, all these cultural songs can be accessed through the CWU Digital Commons. 


Ancient Whispers, Songs of Persia I.
(Nedaaye Neeyaakaan)



  • Norooz
    2. Zartosht's Birthday
    3. Jashn-e Teergaan
    4. Jashn-e Mehregaan
    5. Jashn-e Sadeh
    6. Zartosht's Way

    Lyrics: Dr. Khodadad (Khodi) Kaviani
    Vocals: Khodi & Nooshafarin
    Music: Saeed Shahram

    Produced by: Dr. Khodadad (Khodi) Kaviani
  • These fire altars are near Takht-e Jamsheed, Shiraz, Iran.

    Our ancestors recognized five different fires. 

    1. The great useful fire (used for cooking and keeping homes warm); 

    2. The fire/energy that keeps human and animal bodies warm; 

    3. The fire/energy that exist in wood products, plants, and all things that grow; 

    4. Electricity that is generated in the clouds; and finally 

    5. Sepeenesht, a special fire that is heavenly (in the House of Songs and Worship) 

    and it generates light but does not burn.

  • Ancient Whispers I, II, Jashn-e Khordaadgaan, Shahrivargaan, Bahmangaan, Esfandgaan, 

    plus the Yaas CD are available for free educational access at

    1. Ancient Whispers, Songs of Persia I

    2. Fire Altars poster as seen on the CD cover 

    If you want to purchase a poster, please email me.

    3. Amordaad, Songs of Persia II: Meanings Behind Traditions

    4. Yaas, 6 Persian love songs

    5. Jashn-e Shahrivargaan (released in April 2014)

    6. Khayyaamism: His Controversial Poems and vision

    7. Jashn-e Khordaadgaan (released in December 2014)

    8. Jashn-e Bahmangaan (released in March 2015)

    9. Norooz with My Family (published on Feb. 16, 2017)

    10. Norooz With My Famil (Coloring Book for young children)

    11. Mehregaan: The Triumph of Liberty Over Tyranny

    12. Mehregaan: Coloring Book

    13. Iranian Calendar Stories: Myths, Legends, and History

    14. Jashn-e Esfandgaan (released on February 12, 2019)


             Dr. Khodadad Kaviani (Khodi) is associate professor of education at Central Washington University. He is an educator, author, poet, singer, and cultural diversity trainer.

             His music allows all Iranians to reconnect with their cultural roots through songs. 

    These cultural songs are valuable teaching and learning resources about the living Iranian traditions that Zoroastrians have kept alive over centuries.

    Special Thanks to Ms. Nooshafarin who accepted my invitation to help with the Ancient Whispers I. 

    Also, Suzanne Gard for depicting the glowing fire altars you see on the CD cover and Yasmine Rafi for her magical graphic work. 

    Also thanks to Neda Shahram for playing the flute part in the Khordaadgaan song.

    Amordaad, Songs of Persia II, and the other songs are produced by Khodi and Haideh. 

    These songs represent the living culture of Iran.

           Thanks to Michelle Rostami for her help with the design of Shahrivargaan, Khordaadgaan, and Bahmangaan album covers. 

    Michelle and Neema Rostami helped with the first draft of Norooz with My Family.

    Thank you!!!

     Dr. Khodadad (Khodi) Kaviani


    What's the significance of your date of birth?

    Match the month with the day to find out about the significance of your date of birth.

    Days of the Month

    In the Zoroastrian calendar, each day has a special name. When the names of day and month match (e.g., Day of Aazar and Month of Aazar), people celebrate! Each celebration provides a focus for a given ideal (e.g., friendship, justice, etc.) or an element like fire or water.

    Day 1. Oormezd = Ahooraa Mazdaa, The Great Life Giving Wise One
    Day 2. Bahman = Good Thoughts
    Day 3. Ardibehesht = Best Truth and Purity
    Day 4. Shahrivar = Strong Leadership for and with Justice
    Day 5. Sepandaarmezd = Holy Earth
    Day 6. Khordaad = Good health
    Day 7. Amordaad = Immortal
    Day 8. Dey b-e Aazar = Creator
    Day 9. Aazar = Fire, Light
    Day 10. Aabaan = Water
    Day 11. Kheer or Khoor = Sun, Sunlight
    Day 12. Maah = Moon
    Day 13. Teer = Mercury (Rain Star)
    Day 14. Goosh = The Living Universe
    Day 15. Dey b-e Mehr = Creator
    Day 16. Mehr = Friendship, Promise & Commitment
    Day 17. Soroosh = Following/Listening to God's Words
    Day 18. Rashn = Justice
    Day 19. Farvardeen = Faravahar, Energy of Progress
    Day 20. Verahraam = Victory
    Day 21. Raam = Happiness
    Day 22. Baad = Wind
    Day 23. Dey b-e Deen = Creator
    Day 24. Deen = Insight, Conscience
    Day 25. Ard = Ashi, Happiness, Wealth
    Day 26. Ashtaad = Truth
    Day 27. Aasemaan = Sky
    Day 28. Zaamiyaad = Earth
    Day 29. Montraspand = Good Words
    Day 30. Anaaraaam = Eternal Light

    The last five days of the year are: 

    Ahnavad = Leader & Life Giver, 

    Oshtavad = Health & Good Omen,

    Sepentamad = Holy Thought, 

    Vahookhashatra = Power of Goodness & Good Country, and 

    Vaheeshtooesh = The Best, in Persian, the word Paradise (Behesht) comes from this word. 

    For the leap years, the name of the 366th day is Oordaad or Avardaad which means, An Extra Day.


    * Zartosht or Zoroaster, means Shining Star
    * Gatha means Songs and Singing (Gatha are Zoroaster's words)
    * Avestaa means Knowledge and Awareness
    * Zoroastrianism promotes Freedom of Thought, peace, and challenges 
    individuals to make independent decisions while promoting progress to benefit all.