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Happy Nowruz!

Haft Seen items on a sofreh cloth

A traditional 'Haft Seen' arrangement, minus the vinegar.

Nowruz is a festival which marks the new year according to the solar calendar.

It's celebrated in many countries in the Middle East and Central Asia, and across the world.

The word 'nowruz' comes from the Persian language and means 'new day'. Traditions include cleaning your home, making special foods, and preparing seven symbolic things known as the 'Haft Seen'. These all begin with the letter 'S' (or letter 'Seen' in Persian).

Finn talked to Mahbod from BBC Persian to find out more.

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Interview with Mahbod from BBC Persian

Haft Seen: Seven symbolic foods and their Persian names

Senjed

A sweet, dry fruit

For love and affection

Serkeh

Vinegar

For patience and age

Seeb

Apples

For health and beauty

Seer

Garlic

For good health

Samanu

Thick syrup extracted from germinated wheat

For fertility and affluence

Sabzeh

Sprouted wheat or grass

For renewal of nature

Somagh

Dark, red powder made from berries

Represents the first rays of the sunrise

Glossary

solar - relating to the sun
affection - a feeling of liking someone or something
germinated - (of a seed) having started growing
affluence - the state of having a lot of money
sprouted - (of a plant) started growing leaves or shoots
renewal - making something new and living again

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