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”. 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.
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