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Happy Nowruz

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Nowrūz (Persian: نوروز /noʊruz/ ↔ [noʊɾuːz]; with various local pronunciations and spellings, is the first day of the Iranian Solar Year, based on Iranian calendar, translated literally as "New Day".


1. sabzeh(سبزه) - wheat, barley or lentil sprouts growing in a dish - symbolizing rebirth

2. somaq (سماق)- sumac berries - symbolizing (the color of) sunrise

3. senjed (سنجد)- the dried fruit of the oleaster tree - symbolizing love

4. sîr (سیر)- garlic - symbolizing medicine

5. sîb (سیب)- apples - symbolizing beauty and health

6. sekkeh - coin - symbolizing prosperity and wealth

7. serkeh (سرکه)- vinegar - symbolizing age and patience


water with goldfish (life within life, and the sign of Pisces which the sun is leaving)

a holy book (e.g., the Avesta, Qur'an, Bible, Torah, or Kitáb-i-Aqdas)

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Taken on March 11, 2009