Happy first day of spring and Nowruz!
Spring marks the start of the Persian New Year, my favorite holiday!
There are many traditions and rituals that take place leading up to Nowruz and following it. The exact time of new year is known as “Tahvil” and its marked by the exact moment when the vernal equinox occurs. Therefore the new year doesn’t always occur at the same time every year – as opposed to NYE when the clock strikes midnight – this year Tahvil in the DC area is at 5:58pm.
One of the traditions of Nowruz is the traditional new year table known has “Haft Seen.” The Haft Seen translates to the Seven S’s which consists of seven items that symbolize various things and begin with the farsi letter S.
These items include: