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In harmony with the rebirth of nature, the Iranian New Year Celebration, or NOROOZ, always begins on the first day of spring.
Norooz ceremonies are symbolic representations of two ancient concepts -
the End and the Rebirth; or Good and Evil.
A few weeks before the New Year, Iranians
clean and rearrange their homes.
They make new clothes,
bake pastries and germinate seeds as sign of renewal.
Some of the activities during Norooz are:
-visiting neighbors and friends
-and celebrating by having a picnic on the 13th day of Spring.
Is a spread with seven items which each symbolizes a wish or theme. All seven items in this ceremonial table starts with the Persian letter Seen or S in English. The Haft Seen spread is usually put out a week before the New Year, which sets the mood for celebration. The seven items are:
Sabzeh (grown wheat or lentil) for rebirth,
Samanu (flour and sugar) for sweetness of life,
Sekeh (coin ) for prosperity and wealth,
Senjed ( dried fruit of Lotus tree) for love,
Seer (garlic) for health,
Somaq ( sumac berries) for warmth
and Serkeh ( vinegar) for patience.
Also there other items on the Norooz spread such as painted eggs, which represent fertility, a mirror that represents image and reflection of life, and a goldfish in a bowl that represents life.
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