Photos by Ehsan Kamaly, Mehr News Agency
These photos show the people in the villages of North Khorassan in northeastersn Iran with their Haftsin spreads welcoming the arrival of Nowruz.
The arrival of spring also coincides with the beginning of the Persian New Year Nowruz. 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:
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