In every home, the haftseen table is decorated with seven items â since seven is considered a lucky number. Each item begins with the letter sin (s) in Persian, and each item is a symbol of spring and renewal.
Azita Mehran/Turmeric & Saffron
A version of this story first ran in March 2014.
The first day of spring is cause for a celebration, especially after the winter many of us have been having. But it’s hard to top the 13-day festivities of the Persian New Year, Nowruz.
Nowruz, or “new day” in Persian, is an ancient festival that marks the beginning of spring and celebrates the rebirth of nature. And naturally, it has a lot to do with fresh, green foods just beginning to poke out of the ground that remind us winter is not, in fact, eternal.</…