March 22, 2010

Haft-Seen Photos

Persian New Year Celebration
Sofreh Haft-Seen 
The Table of the Seven S's.

Sabzeh (Wheat Sprouts): Representing rebirth and fertility.

 Sabzeh (Wheat and Lentil Sprouts)

Sabzeh (Mung Bean Sprouts)

 Senjed (Dried Fruit of the Lotus Tree): Representing love.

 Somagh (Sumac): Representing the spice of life.

 Samanoo (Sweet Pudding made with germinated wheat): Representing the reward of patience.

 Serkeh (Vinegar): Representing age.

 Sekkeh (Coins): Representing wealth and prosperity.

Seeb (Apple): Representing natural beauty.

 Sonbol (Hyacinth): Representing spring.

 (Goldfish): Representing life.

For more haft-seen photos please see the following link:

Sal-e no Mobarak!


  1. Saal-e no shoma ham mobarak
    I hope your Nowruz is prosporous, healthy, and full of love
    Keep up the good work and thank you for sharing

  2. Firoozeh Jan, Thank you so much and I wish you a very happy and healthy year. Eid-e shoma mobarak.

  3. and to you, my dear! such beautiful photos. the serkeh is my fave symbol of the Haft Seen! x shayma

    Senjed is (Elaeagnus angustifolia)in English.Is its ordinary(?) name Lotus Tree?
    and thank you for your time and effort you put on helping people all over the world know Iranian food better and more...

  5. Sheida, Thank you for the information and the link. In my research I came across three different English names for "senjed". It's been called the fruit from the oleaster tree, jujube tree and also the lotus tree. In photos, Jujube fruit seemed very different than senjed. Elaeagnus angustifolia(oleaster)is also called Russian-olives and since sanjed is not an oily and juicy fruit I picked the last option! However, upon examining photos and researching further I came to the realization that Elaeagnus Angustifolia is the correct name for senjed. Thank you for visiting and commenting. Best Wishes.

  6. What the Eggs, Samanou and the Orange represent?

  7. Monireh, eggs represent fertility, rebirth and creation. Samanoo represents the reward of patience and sweet life. Orange in a bowl of water represents the earth.

  8. I just discovered this blog, Thank you Azita for all the information and research.

  9. @Shokoufeh, Thanks so much for visiting and your kind words!

  10. Hi Azita, thanks for the beautiful posts! I absolutely ADORE your blog :)