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Haft-Sin table, 7 ‘S’ to celebrate Iranian New Year

Iranians set up Haft-Sin table to welcome the arrival of spring, marking the Persian New Year.

Iranians have the custom to set up Haft-Sin table to welcome the arrival of spring, marking the Persian New Year.

As a country normally referred to as the cradle of civilization, Iran is rich in culture and traditions that have profoundly influenced other cultures as well. One of the most beautiful customs which has been celebrated for over 3000 years now by Iranians is Nowruz. To honor such a great event, Iranians follow many different customs and traditions like Haft-Sin.

Haft-Sin, is, in fact, the tradition of putting 7 symbolic objects together whose names begins with S. Other symbolic items accompany these 7 objects, and together, they create a Haft-Sin. In the past, people used to put all of these items on a mantel or a designed fabric similar to a tablecloth, which they call “Sofreh”. That’s the reason why Haft-Sin is generally referred to as “Sofreh Haft-Sin”.

Each item in Haft-Sin table symbolizes a concept in Persian culture. Sabzeh is a symbol of rebirth and renewal of nature. Samanu represents fertility and the sweetness of life. Senjed is for love and affection. Serkeh (Vinegar) symbolizes patience and age. Seeb (Apple) is a symbol of health and beauty. Seer (Garlic) is for good health and Somaq (Sumac) symbolizes the sunrise and the spice of life.

May all your wishes come true during the New Year.

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