Haft-sin table

Iran (IP) –Nowruz is one of the most significant Iranian events celebrated worldwide by Iranians and some other ethnic-linguistic groups (Tajik, Turkish, Afghan, etc.) as the beginning of the Persian New Year, which is accompanied by special rituals.

Iran PressIran News: Every day is a new day, a day when everything can be started from the beginning, but none of these new days are "Nowruz". Nowruz is a new day that with its renewal, all nature becomes new.

Flowers and trees bloom and green pastures emerge from the soil. The ice melts and rushes to the plains to produce trees, green leaves, and fresh fruit. All these and all the other things make us happy to see the blessings that God has created for all human beings. All human beings, regardless of race, ethnicity, or language, have the right to enjoy these blessings and their beauty.

At the beginning of each solar New Year, Nowruz repeats many lessons for us in the form of special rituals and rituals. 

One of these rituals, from which many lessons can be learned, is setting the Haft-sin table. For centuries, every year, a few hours before the end of the year, Iranians spread a tablecloth with seven main components present on it.

Seven things whose name in Persian begins with the letter "S". Sabze( Sprouting /Grass), apples, Samanu, oleaster, sumac, garlic, and vinegar. But why did the Iranians choose these seven things for these special moments?

Sabze symbolizes freshness

Sabze is a symbol of freshness and succulence, a symbol of the resurrection of nature.

Apple; a symbol of health

Apple is a symbol of health and wellness. Iranians wish everyone good health by placing a bowl full of beautiful and healthy apples on the Haft-sin table.

Samanu is a symbol of abundance

Another element present in Haft-sin table is Samanu. Samanu is a food similar to halva, which is prepared from wheat germ and is very nutritious and full of energy.

Garlic and vinegar symbolize cleanliness from pollution

"Garlic" and "vinegar" are both symbols for cleanliness and the removal of impurities.

Sumac and Oleaster are a symbol of love and altruism

In order to start a new life-like nature, we need to clean our hearts and souls of ugliness, darkness, and filth.

Nowruz, inspiring friendship and helping others

If we take a social look at all the lessons of Nowruz, we can surely see better and more sincere relations among nations and governments, and we can establish sustainable peace.

Nowruz and the customs of nations

When Islam reached the land of the Iranians, It was these originalities and beautiful thoughts dormant in the tradition of Nowruz that caused Islam to approve of this tradition and introduce it as a time for prayer and supplication.

Nowruz arises from the idea of seeking justice, and this is what Islam has emerged for. That is why the Iranians, after getting acquainted with Islam, brought the Quran to the Haft-sin table, and since then the Quran and Haft-sin have never been separated. 

Iranian also start the new year by reciting verses from God, Creator of spring, asking Him to bestow upon us freshness and beauty as that of nature.



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