Happy Nowruz (Persian New Year) everyone and welcome to 1392 of the Iranian calendar. I wish you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. I have written about Nowruz in the past and photographed every *seen* (s) on the haft seen table. I truly enjoy setting up the haft seen table as I try to seize the moment contemplating the symbolic meaning behind each item and to take in the positive energy that surrounds this uplifting ambiance. This is the moment to count our blessings and with every blessing comes the responsibility of giving back, even if it's very little.
سنبل - Sonbol (hyacinth) and other spring flowers
سبزه - Sabzeh (sprouts): Representing rebirth and fertility
سنجد - Senjed (Dried Fruit of the Lotus Tree): Representing love
سماق - Somagh (Sumac): Representing the spice of life
سیر - Seer (Garlic): To ward off bad omens
سکه - Sekkeh (Coins): Representing wealth and prosperity
سمنو - Samanoo (Sweet Pudding made with germinated wheat): Representing the reward of patience
سرکه - Serkeh (Vinegar): Representing age
ماهی قرمز - Mahi Ghermez (Goldfish): Representing life
سیب - Seeb (Apple): Representing natural beauty
نارنج / پرتقال (Seville orange) or orange in Water: Representing the earth floating in space
تخم مرغ رنگی - Tokhme Morgh Rangi (painted eggs): Representing Fertility
And here's a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the challenges of food photography starring Cooper, my daughter's cat.
Well, there goes my sabzeh!