Haft Sin

Haft Sin
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The Haft-Sin includes:
1. Samanu (wheat germ pudding) - symbolizing wealth
2. Sīr (garlic) - symbolizing medicine
3. Somaq (sumac berries) - symbolizing good over evil
4. Serkeh (vinegar) - symbolizing age and patience
5. Sīb (apples) - symbolizing beauty and well-being
6. Sabzeh (wheat, barley, lentil) - symbolizing rebirth
7. Senjed (the dried fruit of the oleaster tree) - symbolizing love

Haft Sin with Koran
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Other items on the table may include:
• Sonbol - Hyacinth (plant)
• Sekkeh - Coins - representative of wealth
• traditional Iranian pastries such as baghlava, toot, naan-nokhodchi
• Aajeel - dried nuts, berries and raisins
• Ait candles (enlightenment and happiness)
• A mirror (symbolizing cleanness and honesty)
• Decorated eggs, sometimes one for each member of the family (fertility)
• A bowl of water with goldfish (life within life, and the sign of Pisces which the sun is leaving)
• Rosewater, believed to have magical cleansing powers
• A holy book (e.g., the Avesta, Qur’an, Bible, Torah, or Kitáb-i-Aqdas) and/or a poetry book (almost always either the Shahnama or the Divan of Hafez)

Text via Hamechee

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