Nowrooz: Iranian New Year and traditional Haft-Seen

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Sofreh Haft Seen

Norooz is in 11 days now!  The Persian New Year will welcome 1395 and we are so happy to share this special week with you.

Norooz, its great household, its fresh flowers, delicious food, gifts and joy fill of happiness each Iranian throughout the world. Wherever they are, they celebrate their New Year with the arrival of spring (March 21st): Now (New) Rooz (Day) means in Persian “new day.”

This Persian tradition founds its origins in the Zoroastrian and exists for millennia.

Among many uses and customs, there is the iconic Haft – Seen – this indispensable table “Sofreh” settled in a very specific way. Each item disposed on it is highly symbolic.

First, Haft – Seen literally means – “Seven S” (items that begin with the sound or letter Seen in Persian).

Below, the list of Haft Seen arranged on the table, during Norooz:

Sabzeh – wheat germ or lens growing in a dish – symbol of rebirth
Sir – garlic – symbol of medicine
Samanou – very sweet cream made with wheat germ – symbol of abundance
Senjed – dried fruit of the jujube tree – symbol of love
Somâq – sumac berries – the symbol of the color of sunrise and healthy
Sib – symbol apple beauty and good health
Serkeh – vinegar – symbol of the age and patience
Sonbol – Hyacinth – symbol of the arrival of spring
Sekkeh – coins – symbol of prosperity and wealth

In addition to these seven elements, Iranian put a mirror, one or more red fish symbolizing life, holly books or poetry (often the Shahnâmeh of Ferdowsi or The Diwân of Hafiz), candles for light and the sacred fire, and painted eggs for fertility.

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Fig & Quince

 

A very specific Persian table, especially during Norooz. Here is a tour of the Haft -Seen we like: