On the morning of New Years my Aunt Farah came over to my grandparents' home and took me and my sister out to see the hustle and bustle of the streets right before New Year. People were buying last minute gifts and getting items to prepare the traditional Norouz table.
The traditional Norouz table called "Sofreh haft-seen" consists of seven kinds of food each starting with letter “S”. The seven dishes correspond to the seven creations and holy immortals: Rebirth, Health, Happiness, Prosperity, Joy, Patience, and Beauty. The symbolic dishes consist of:
- Sabzeh: or sprouts, usually wheat or lentil, representing rebirth
- Samanu: is a sweet pudding made from wheat germ which symbolizes affluence
- Seeb: means apple and represents health and beauty
- Senjed: the sweet, dry fruit of the lotus tree represents love
- Somaq: sumac berries, represent the color of sunrise
- Serkeh: means vinegar, represent age and patience
- Sombol: flowering hyacinth
- Books of tradition and wisdom are laid out such as the holy Quran
- A few coins which represents wealth
- A basket of painted eggs which represents fertility
- A bowl of goldfish wish represent life and the end of the astral year associates with the constellation Pisces
- Candles which represent enlightenment and happiness
In addition to being civil and doing all the customary New Year celebrations - my family tends to be wild. We are all about parties, dancing, and celebrating. This video explains it ALL!
I can't get enough of my family. They are a riot and I love them oh so much!