Persian New Year

Naw-Ruz (or Norooz, Nowruz) is the name of the Iranian and Baha’i New Year.

Naw-Ruz literally means “New Day” (Naw = New/Ruz = Day)

It usually occurs on March 21 or the previous/following day depending on where it is observed. IMG_4056

The Haft-Seen هفت‌سین (“the Seven S”) is a tabletop arrangement of seven symbolic items traditionally displayed at Naw-Ruz. Every year, my mother sets one out in our living room and it just makes the atmosphere so lovely! IMG_4044.JPG

For the Haft-Seen, the items that are displayed all start with the letter س (‘seen’) – which is an ‘s’ kind of sound.

Lentil sprouts (Sabzeh; سبزه) growing in a dish symbolize rebirth. IMG_4051.JPG

The apples (Sib; سیب) symbolize beauty and love.IMG_4062.JPG

The sumac (Somaq; سماق) symbolizes patience. IMG_4059.JPG

Dried oleaster wild olive fruit (Senjed; سنجد) symbolizes love. IMG_4061.JPG

The coins (Sekkeh) represent wealth. IMG_4045

Garlic (Seer; سیر) symbolizes health. IMG_4057.JPG

These items sometimes appear on a Haft-Seen table as well: Lit candles (which symbolize enlightenment and happiness), a mirror (represent cleanness and honesty), painted eggs (fertility), and a bowl of water with goldfish (life). IMG_4048.JPG



There are also some more items that are incorporated in the Haft-Seen but we didn’t include them this year.