Friday, March 25, 2005
In Norooz we ( Iranians ) spread a tablecloth and put something on it as a tradition every year ...
There are SEVEN things on our tablecloth which have " S " at the begining in their Farsi terms ...
In Farsi we call this tablecloth "Haft Sin " :
" Haft " in Farsi is " Seven " and " Sin " is a letter in Farsi alphabet which has " S " sound ...
Anyway , we put the following things on our " Haft Sin Tablecloth " :
" Serkeh " = Vinegar
" Samanoo " which is a kind of dish with juice of germinating wheat or malt mixed with flour :
" Sekeh " = Coin
" Somagh " = Sumac
" Sib " = Apple
" Senjed " : A kind of tree and its fruit which resembles the mountain-ash ( rowan tree )
" Sonbol " = Hyacinth : A kind of flower
" Siir " = Garlic
" Sabzeh " = A kind of green grass
Of course they are more than seven; it's ok, but they shouldn't be less than seven ...
We put some other things:
" A bowl of gold fish "
" The Koran "
and " The collection of the great lyrics of our gret poet : Haafez "
At the beginning of Norooz we sit in front of this table cloth and say the following prayers in Arabics :