Nowrouz which literally means the new day is the Iranian new year which is celebrated at the first day of spring or Equinox. Nowrouz is also celebrated in other countries such as Azerbaijan, India, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey. It is a tradition to have a table with the elements that is shown in the picture. The elements in the Farsi language all starts with “S” sound; that is why the table is called the haftseen or the seven “S”. Each element represents something; the green plant (Sabzeh) symbolizes rebirth, the pudding (Samanou) represents affluence, the dried fruit (Senjed) is a symbol of love, garlic (Sir) symbolizes medicine, apple (Sib) symbolizes health, sumac powder (Somaq) represents sunrise, vinegar (Serkeh) symbolizes patience. Other elements such as mirror represent sky and painted eggs represent fertility. In the new year, for 12 days, Iranians visit families, relatives and friends, they celebrate and eat together and on the 13th day everybody goes to the nature to celebrate the nature day.

Nowrouz which literally means the new day is the Iranian new year which is celebrated at the first day of spring or Equinox. Nowrouz is also celebrated in other countries such as Azerbaijan, India, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey. It is a tradition to have a table with the elements that is shown in the picture. The elements in the Farsi language all starts with “S” sound; that is why the table is called the haftseen or the seven “S”. Each element represents something; the green plant (Sabzeh) symbolizes rebirth, the pudding (Samanou) represents affluence, the dried fruit (Senjed) is a symbol of love, garlic (Sir) symbolizes medicine, apple (Sib) symbolizes health, sumac powder (Somaq) represents sunrise, vinegar (Serkeh) symbolizes patience. Other elements such as mirror represent sky and painted eggs represent fertility. In the new year, for 12 days, Iranians visit families, relatives and friends, they celebrate and eat together and on the 13th day everybody goes to the nature to celebrate the nature day.
By Ayda Ayoubi aida.ayoubi@gmail.com

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Nowrouz which literally means the new day is the Iranian new year which is celebrated at the first day of spring or Equinox. Nowrouz is also celebrated in other countries such as Azerbaijan, India, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey. It is a tradition to have a table with the elements...