In the spirit of the first day of Spring and Persian New Year, I’d like to wish everyone, celebrating Nowruz, a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year. Plus, thank you so much for being a reader.
Nowruz ( meaning “The New Day” in Persian/Farsi) is the name of the Persian New Year. Nowruz is the first day of Spring (today) and the beginning of the year in the Persian calendar. The UN’s General Assembly in 2010 recognised the International Day of Nowruz, describing it as a spring festival of Persian origin which has been celebrated for over 3,000 years (Source: Wikipedia).
In the image above, you can see Haft-Seen or the seven ‘S’s, which is a traditional table setting of Nowruz. The haft seen table includes seven items all starting with the letter ‘seen’ (س) in the Persian alphabet.
The Haft Seen items are:
1. Sabzeh – wheat, barley, mung bean or lentil sprouts growing in a dish – symbolising rebirth
2. Samanu – sweet pudding made from wheat germ – symbolising affluence
3. Senjed – dried oleaster Wild Olive fruit – symbolising love
4. Sir – garlic – symbolising medicine
5. Sib – apples – symbolising beauty and health
6. Somāq – sumac fruit – symbolising (the colour of) sunrise
7. Serkeh – vinegar – symbolising old-age and patience
And of course, mirror (Ayeneh) symbolising the field of possibilities where the creativity reflects and makes new possibilities.
And here’s a little extra something you might like: