The Haft Sin (7S)



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Description Part of original caption, mainly quoting Wikipedia: The haft sin table includes seven items specificly starting with the letter S or Sîn. The items symbolically correspond to seven creations and holy immortals protecting them.

Traditionally, families attempt to set as beautiful a Haft Sîn table as they can, as it is not only of traditional and spiritual value, but also noticed by visitors during Norouzi visitations and is a reflection of their good taste.

The Haft Sin items are:

1. sabzeh - wheat, barley or lentil sprouts growing in a dish - symbolizing rebirth 2. samanu - a sweet pudding made from wheat germ - symbolizing affluence 3. senjed - the dried fruit of the oleaster tree - symbolizing love 4. sîr - garlic - symbolizing medicine 5. sîb - apples - symbolizing beauty and health 6. somaq - sumac berries - symbolizing (the color of) sunrise 7. serkeh - vinegar - symbolizing age and patience

While traditionally incorrect, sometimes a missing Sin is exchanged with another item starting with an S. For example:

. sonbol - the fragrant hyacinth flower (the coming of spring) . sekkeh - coins (prosperity and wealth)

Other items on the table may include:

traditional Iranian pastries such as baghlava, toot, naan-nokhodchi dried nuts, berries and raisins (Aajeel) lit candles (enlightenment and happiness) a mirror

decorated eggs, sometimes one for each member of the family (fertility) a bowl with goldfish (life, and the sign of Pisces which the sun is leaving) a bowl of water with an orange in it (the earth floating in space) rose water for its magical cleansing powers

the national colours, for a patriotic touch the Quran the Shahnama or the Divan of Hafez

Source: Wikipedia:Haft sin table"

But we didn't mistakenly exchange Serkeh with Sekkeh, we did it because I don't like the smell of Serkeh (vinegar) ;)
Date 20 March 2008(2008-03-20), 10:09:50
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