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.
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!
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.
The apples (Sib; سیب) symbolize beauty and love.
The sumac (Somaq; سماق) symbolizes patience.
Dried oleaster wild olive fruit (Senjed; سنجد) symbolizes love.
The coins (Sekkeh) represent wealth.
Garlic (Seer; سیر) symbolizes health.
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).
There are also some more items that are incorporated in the Haft-Seen but we didn’t include them this year.