Saturday, March 21, 2015

Happy Persian New Year! | نوروز و سال نو مبارک!

I've been crazy busy lately getting ready for the New Year. But the holidays have finally begun; all the shopping, spring cleaning, and preparations are done and I can blog more often now! :)

As promised, here is my Haft Seen! Haft Seen (or the Seven S's) is a table setting, as shown in the pictures, that holds seven objects. The name of each object starts with the /s/ sound (the letter "Seen") in Farsi. Every one of the objects symbolizes a beautiful meaning.

The Haft Seen items are:
  1. Sabzeh (سبزه) - wheatbarleymung bean or lentil sprouts growing in a dish - symbolizing rebirth
  2. Samanu (سمنو) - sweet pudding made from wheat germ - symbolizing affluence
  3. Senjed (سنجد) - dried oleaster Wild Olive fruit - symbolizing love
  4. Seer (سیر) - garlic - symbolizing medicine
  5. Seeb (سیب) - apple - symbolizing beauty and health
  6. Somāq (سماق) - sumac fruit - symbolizing (the color of) sunrise
  7. Serkeh (سرکه) - vinegar - symbolizing old-age and patience

The other items we include in our Haft Seens are Ferdowsi's Shahnameh, gold fish, a mirror, candles, painted eggs (my last post was fully dedicated to the eggs I made for this year), hyacinth, Persian pastry, sweets, nuts and some other optional items.

I wish all Persians across the globe and everyone else who celebrates Nowruz a very happy New Year 1394, and all the happiness in the world. May this year be the best we've had yet.



Magdalena Kosecka said...

Happy Persian New Year! The table look stunning! I thought that goldfish on the table are just for decoration hehe ;)

Noushin K said...

Thanks a lot, Mag! :)

I think I've forgotten to mention that the goldfish are a symbol of life and rebirth! :)