Persian New Year
It is time to celebrate Nowruz – the Persian New Year, so we have set a Haft Seen table!
Our special table is set with symbolic items, including seven things beginning with the Persian letter S – Haft means “seven” and Seen is the letter “S” in Farsi.
Our table has: sprouted wheat grass, sybolising renewal; Garlic for medicine and health; apples for preserving and holding onto goodness; vinegar for bitterness in life that is balanced by the sweet; powdered sumac fruit, for the colour of the sunrise; eggs for fertility; a book of Persian Poetry for wisdom; a mirror to reflect back to you the things about yourself you would like to improve; candles for the children in the family; and flowers for beauty.
Other things we could have put on our Haft Seen table are dried fruit, coins, a special wheat pudding, candy, a goldfish…