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Photos: Shopping for Norouz in Gorgan

Photos by Mohammadmehdi Amya, ISNA

These photos show the people in Gorgan, northern Iran, doing their Haftsin and other Norouz shopping in preparation to greet the Persian New Year!

The arrival of spring also coincides with the beginning of the Persian New Year Norouz. This is a festive occasion for Iranians and many other countries in the region. A major part of the New Year rituals is setting a special table called Haftsin with seven specific items present. In the ancient times each of the items corresponded to one of the seven creations and the seven holly immortals protecting them.

Haftsin or the seven 'S's is a traditional table setting of Nowruz, the traditional Iranian spring celebration. Today the Haftsin table includes seven specific items, all starting with the letter "seen" in the Persian alphabet.

The Haftsin items are:

  • Sabzeh - wheat, barley, mung bean or lentil sprouts growing in a dish - symbolising rebirth
  • Samanu - sweet pudding made from wheat germ - symbolising affluence
  • Senjed - dried oleaster fruit - symbolising love
  • Sir - garlic - symbolising medicine
  • Sib - apples - symbolising beauty and health
  • Somāq - sumac fruit - symbolising (the color of) sunrise
  • Serkeh - vinegar - symbolising old-age and patience

Gorgan, Iran


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