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The Iranian New year celebration, or Nowruz, begins at the first day of spring, usually close to March 20th of Gregorian calendar; aka start of Aries. With roots going back at least 3 millennia, Nowruz ceremonies are symbolic representations of rebirth. According to Iranian mythology, Nowruz was established by King Jamshid after the nation survived a very tough winter. Nowruz brings hope, peace and prosperity to the world. It is celebrated by Iranian people and their cultural neighbors regardless of ethnicity, political views or religion from western China to eastern Mediterranean.
Here are the commonly used items and underlying meanings.
- Sabzeh: sprouts, usually wheat or lentil representing rebirth and green nature.
- Sonbol: hyacinth plant, represents growth and life.
- Samanu: a pudding prepared from germinated wheat sprouts, the symbol of sophisticated cooking and affluence.
- Senjed: the sweet, dry fruit of the Oleaster tree – also called Russian or Persian Olive – represents resilience, hardiness.
- Seer: garlic, the symbol for health.
- Somaq: sumac berries, represents the color of sunrise; with the appearance of the sun Good conquers Evil.
- Serkeh: vinegar and represents age and patience.