To celebrate the new year, families gather around a specially prepared holiday table to make wishes for the coming months. Items on the table refer to new life and renewal. Although the custom has evolved over the centuries and may have regional variations. Many of them also refer to the seven Zoroastrian immortals that guarded the sky, waters, earth, fire, plants, animals, and humans in ancient Iran.
Sib (apples) fertility and beauty
Serkeh (wine vinegar) immortality and eternity
Sabzeh (wheat, barley, or lentil sprouts growing in a dish) rebirth
Samanu (wheat sprout pudding) sweetness
Other symbols can also be placed on the table, such as:
Garlic (seer), to bring good health
A mirror, to reflect the light of wisdom and creation
Rose water, to purify and sweeten
An orange floating in a bowl of water, to represent the earth floating in space
Candles, to symbolize holy fire
Decorated eggs, to represent fertility.
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