Photographer's Note

March 20th 2005 at 12:34:00 PM Greenwich Meantime.
Tehran 04:03:24 PM Sunday March 20,2005

The Sofreh Haft Sin is the spread,which the family gathers around to celebrate the New Year.
It is the focal point of the celebration and ensuing visits and as such Iranians take great care and pride in putting together a lavish and elaborate spread to signify all that they want in the New Year.

The word Haft means Seven and Sin stands for the S in the alphabet.
Sofreh means spread,the floor of which is usually a nice rich material or embroidered fabric.The spread contains the seven specific things that start with S.
In addition to the seven items, you may place additional items on the sofreh that will signify renewal,happiness,wealth,good health or any thing that you desire for the New Year.

But,a list of suggested items for your sofreh :

1-Sabzeh:Spring Sprouts:Made from wheat or lentil this S signifies rebirth and renewal.

2-Senjed: A sweet,dry fruit of a lotus tree:
The fragrant and blooming lotus tree makes people fall in love so it is natural that its fruit would signify love and affection !

3-Sib: Apple:A big red apple represents health and beauty.
4-Samanu:Wheat Pudding:Wheat and wheat products signify sweetness and fertility.

5-Serkeh: Vinegar:White Vinegar signifies age and patience.
6-Somagh:Crushed Sumac berries:This S symbolizes the spice of life. Some say Somagh represents the color of the sunrise and with the sun all evil is conquered.

7-Seer:Garlic:This medicinal S is a sign of good health.
8-Optional S:Sekeh:Coins:Wealth and Prosperity
9-Optional S:Sonbol:Hyacinth Flower:Purple or pink represent life and beatuy.

10-Head of the Sofreh:A Mirror To bring light & brightness into the New Year.
11-Head of the Sofreh:Scriptures:Qoran,Bible,Torah, Avesta or other Scriptures:Symbolizes blessings and faith in the New Year.

Happy New Year to Iranian all,
And Happy new Spring to all of my friends in the world.

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