Happy Nowruz – سال نو مبارک

Happy, healthy and prosperous Nowruz to everyone! A video from our Team depicting the seven “seen” items affiliated with this day!

Haft-seen (Persian: هفت‌سین) is an arrangement of seven symbolic items whose names start with the letter “س” (pronounced as “seen”), the 15th letter in the Persian alphabet; “haft” (هفت) is Persian for “seven”.[1][2] It is traditionally displayed at Nowruz, the New Year, which is celebrated on the day of the vernal equinox, marking the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.

Haft-seen table.

Items of Haft-sin Symbolic Roots of Haft-sin

The Haft-Seen table represents nature. By tradition, Iranian families take great pains to create the most beautiful Haft-Seen table that they can, for not only does it embody values both traditional and spiritual, it is also appreciated by the visitors during Nowruz visiting exchanges as a reflection of the families’ aesthetic sense and good taste. Items that start with Persian letter “س”:

Sabzeh (سبزه): Sprouting /Grass: the symbol of rebirth and growth.

Samanu (سمنو): Samanu: the symbol of power and strength.

Senjed (سنجد): Elaeagnus angustifolia: the symbol of love.

Somāq (سماق): Sumac: the symbol of sunrise.

Serkeh (سرکه): Vinegar: the symbol of patience.

Seeb (سیب): Apple: the symbol of beauty.

Seer (سیر): Garlic: the symbol of health and medicine. Other items that start with Persian letter “س” that are sometimes included:

Sonbol (سنبل): Hyacinth: the symbol of spring’s arrival.

Sekkeh (سکه): Coin: the symbol of wealth and prosperity.

Tokhm-e Morg Rangi (تخم‌مرغ رنگی): Eggs: the symbol of fertility.

Ayina (آینه): Mirror: the symbol of self-reflection.

Shem’a (شمع): Candle: the symbol of enlightenment.

Maahi-ye Qırmız (ماهی قرمز): Goldfish: the symbol of progress.

Ketaab (کتاب): Book: the symbol of wisdom


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