Hyacinth and Flowers on the The Tehran Times Haft Seen (Nowruz Week)
March 20th, the beginning of Spring is the beginning of Iranian Calendar as well.
We make a table setting which is called Haft seen (seven “S”). Haft seen has seven items which each should start with the letter “S” in Farsi.
Sabzeh - (wheat, barley or lentil sprouts growing in a dish) - symbolizing rebirth
Samanu (a sweet pudding made from wheat germ) - symbolizing affluence
Senjed (the dried fruit of the oleaster tree) - symbolizing love
Sir (garlic) - symbolizing medicine
Sib (apples) - symbolizing beauty and health
Somaq (berries) - symbolizing (the color of) sunrise
Serkeh (vinegar) - symbolizing age and patience
Additional items on the Haft Seen setting are:
Sekkeh (coin) - symbolizes wealth and prosperity
Sonbol (hyacinth) - a spring spring flower
Mahi (goldfish) - symbolizes life
Tokhmeh Morgh (egg) - symbolizes fertility Sham (candle): symbolizes enlightenment
Nowruz is my favorite holiday to appropriate. Happy New Year to all my Persian loves!