Best Wishes for Everyone Celebrating Nowruz

Nowruz, also known as Persian New Year, is celebrated during the Spring Equinox. The last day of winter featured a snow storm for Nova Scotia, but this weekend we’re happy to feel the temperatures warming up and can’t wait to see the flowers to start blooming!

The graphic above features some of the traditions of the haft-seen table, an arrangement of seven symbolic items traditionally displayed at Nowruz. It also includes an 8th item (hyacinth), which is typically seen on the table display. The names of these items start with the letter “س” pronounced as “seen.” Below is a list of the items and what they symbolize:
Sabzeh: sprouts representing growth
Samanu: sweet pudding representing strength
Senjed: dried fruit representing love
Somāq: sumac representing the sunrise
Serkeh: vinegar representing patience
Seeb: apple representing beauty
Seer: garlic representing health
Sonbol: hyacinth representing spring’s arrival

Nowruz Pyrouz!