Happy Persian New Year & Nowruz 1393

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.


What’s Nowruz?

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:


Image Credit and Haft-seen Source: Wikipedia

3 Comments Happy Persian New Year & Nowruz 1393

  1. Mamad April 28, 2014 at 12:27 am

    Regarding 7-sin, although the 7 S’s u named are the prominent choices throughout country, there are more options to that. It’s actually a selection of 7 S’s amongst 17 options which may vary with locations or local traditions or ethnics.
    Add these to the 7 u named:
    – Sonbol: a type of flower with violate petals
    – Sekke: coin
    – espand: don’t know the english word for it. it’s some kind of seed that smells good if burnt.
    – sepestan: don’t even know what it is. 3-boobs i think? haha just kidding.
    – sohan: some kind of cookie. a souvenir from Qom, a city near Tehran.
    – sousan: lily flower
    – sormeh: some kind of cosmetic material used mostly as eyeliner
    – sangak: some kind of traditional Iranian bread baked on hot pebbles
    – sabzi: vegtables
    – siahdune: fennel flower seed. a nutritious seed used as spice. also has medical usage.

    source: http://fa.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D9%87%D9%81%D8%AA%E2%80%8C%D8%B3%DB%8C%D9%86

    1. Behrouz April 28, 2014 at 2:24 pm

      Thanks for the details 🙂

      1. Mamad April 28, 2014 at 4:59 pm

        you got it 🙂


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