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Photos: Haft-seen exhibition in Shiraz-Iran

Haft-seen-exhibition-110-iHaft-Seen or the seven ‘S’s is a traditional table setting of Nowruz, the traditional Iranian spring celebration. Today the haft seen table includes seven specific items, all starting with the letter seen in the Persian alphabet. Haft-Seen was originally called Haftchin derived from the words Chin and Haft meaning “to place” seven (items).


The table is set by placing the following items which symbolize Zoroastrian yazatas or divinities.

The “Haft Chin” items are:

  • Mirror – symbolizing Sky
  • Apple – symbolizing Earth
  • Candles – symbolizing Fire
  • Golab – rose water symbolizing Water
  • Sabzeh – wheat, or barley sprouts symbolizing Plants
  • Goldfish – symbolizing Animals
  • Painted Eggs – symbolizing Humans and Fertility

The Haft Seen items are:

  • Sabzeh – wheat, barley, mung bean or lentil sprouts growing in a dish – symbolising rebirth
  • Samanu – sweet pudding made from wheat germ – symbolising affluence
  • Senjed – dried oleaster fruit – symbolising love
  • Sir – garlic – symbolising medicine
  • Sib -  apples – symbolising beauty and health
  • Somāq – sumac fruit – symbolising (the color of) sunrise
  • Serkeh – vinegar – symbolising old-age and patience

Photos from Shiraz Fairground by Mohsen Tavaro from Shabestan

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