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Haftsin Table

Today the haft sin table includes seven items specifically starting with the letter S or Sîn (س in the Persian alphabet). The items symbolically correspond to seven creations and holy immortals protecting them. Originally called Haft Chin (هفت چین), the Haft Sin has evolved over time, but has kept its symbolism. Traditionally, families attempt to set as beautiful a Haft Sîn table as they can, as it is not only of traditional and spiritual value, but also noticed by visitors during Nowruzi visitations and is a reflection of their good taste. The Haft Sin items are:

sabzeh(سبزه) - wheat, barley or lentil sprouts growing in a dish - symbolizing rebirth
samanu (سمنو)- a sweet pudding made from wheat germ - symbolizing affluence
senjed (سنجد)- the dried fruit of the oleaster tree - symbolizing love
sîr (سیر)- garlic - symbolizing medicine
sîb (سیب)- apples - symbolizing beauty and health
somaq (سماق)- sumac berries - symbolizing (the color of) sunrise
serkeh (سرکه)- vinegar - symbolizing age and patience
While traditionally incorrect, sometimes a missing Sin is exchanged with another item starting with an S. For example:

sonbol (سنبل)- the fragrant hyacinth flower (the coming of spring)
sekkeh (سکه)- coins (prosperity and wealth)
Other items on the table may include:

traditional Iranian pastries such as baghlava (باقلوا),
toot (توت), naan-nokhodchi (نان نخودچی)

dried nuts, berries and raisins that is called "Aajeel" (آجیل)
lit candles (enlightenment and happiness)
a mirror
decorated eggs, sometimes one for each member of the family (fertility)
a bowl with goldfish (life, and the sign of Pisces which the sun is leaving)
a bowl of water with an orange in it (the earth floating in space)
rose water for its magical cleansing powers
the national colours, for a patriotic touch
the Holy Quran, the Shahnama or the Divan of Hafez

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Comment by Zahra on March 13, 2012 at 14:35

The mirror was so big and on it there was the sign of our university. It was really nice.

Comment by Zahra on March 13, 2012 at 14:33

Another new year is coming.

The day before yesterday, at the library, we got a surprise; a very beautiful and big HaftSin set. There were also nice and Eid-related music and songs being played in there. It was really enjoyable.

Comment by Nafis on February 28, 2011 at 14:07
dear Zahra, this year the New Year time would be afternoon here and unfortunately, I can't be in Iran. Last year, I was in Iran and sooooooo excited about it. That was one of the best moment after being far from home for quite a long time. This time, it's really good to be with family. Here I try to keep all the traditions alive by doing it. So, on the first weeks of March, I will plant some seeds. I bought some nice candle case for the New Year. I will share the photo with you for sure. Thanks a lot for your nice comment and it's so sweet of you dear Zahra.
Comment by Zahra on February 23, 2011 at 22:25

I love your design. So fresh having nice flowers around. Also the apples are arranged so simply and nicely. 

I am impatient to see your design for 1390.


Comment by Zahra on February 23, 2011 at 22:22

Hmm... Breathing deeply, I can smell Nowrooz coming. Spring comes and flowers bloom.

This coming year, the moment of changing of year in Iran is 2:41:30 am. I hope that I can stay awake then !!!! hahahahaha

Thanks for sharing the nice pic and info. 

I think I should learn from vinegar a lot. It has a nice symbolic description. I like it. Thanks for the info.

Have a beautiful time


Comment by Nafis on August 22, 2009 at 13:49
Dear Sami,

I set this Haft-sin table for the New Year of 1388. I am so delighted that you liked it. Thanks for seeing it.
Comment by Sam on August 21, 2009 at 19:02
dear nafis this picture is so emotional and it remind me noroz .
thanks a looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooot
Comment by Ameur on June 16, 2009 at 20:47
What a wonderful table. Table full and integrated all of the needs of the human body and spirit,..great traditions Nafis.
I noticed as well as sweets(pastries) ..baghlava (باقلوا),it write in Arabic like that(بقلاوة) Baklawa is famous for our special occasions and holidays, and Weddings....thanks Dear Nafis. tc

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