Happy new year- Nowrooz is upon us

Eide Nowrooz

This past Wednesday was Eide Nowrooz, or the Iranian New Year. This new year does not fall on a cold wintery day. Instead it is on the first day of spring, typically March 21st. Flowers are blooming, the weather is warming, and it’s time to wear shorts. The day is spent with family, eating good food, and giving presents.

It is one of my favorite holidays, due to the weather, food, and presents. Growing up it was like having Christmas twice a year (yes we celebrated the consumer Christmas despite not being Christian). I love it and am happy to celebrate with my son now.

One of the fun parts of the tradition/celebration is setting a “haft-sin” or “seven S’s” table. The table has 7 different items starting with the letter S (or sin). Each symbolize a different wish for the future.

  1. “Sib” (apple) symbolizes Health.
  2. “Sabze” (grass) symbolizes love.
  3. “Senjed” (sea buckthron) symbolizes wisdom.
  4. “Serkeh” (vinegar) symbolizes washing away the old.
  5. “Samanu” (germinated wheat paste) symbolizes bravery
  6. “Sumac” (a spice) symbolizes patience. Side note this is a great salt substitute for your patients with heart failure.
  7. “Seer” (garlic) symbolizes contentment

Pretty nice right. Health, love, wisdom, washing away the old, bravery, patience, and contentment. We could all use a little more of these.

On top of that there are other items on the table including coins for wealth, a mirror celebrating light, goldfish, a book of poetry, decorated eggs (Easter egg hunt anyone), and candles.

Okay, so why am I telling you this?

Well since it is the new year, I wish all of you health, love, wisdom, washing away the old, bravery, patience, and contentment.

I also want to give you guys a reboot on your New Year’s resolution. They were set in January and most of us have already given up on them. Today I give you a pass to restart your New Year’s resolution. If you have fallen off the wagon, get back on. No-one will judge you . We are all just here to support you.

As for me, I am doing okay with my resolutions. The main one was to work out, and I have been going to yoga a few times a week. 6am class. Crazy, but it allows me to do it without taking time away from the family.

I keep trying to maintain my buy nothing New Year, but it is not going great. Stay tuned next week for how March went.

So Happy New Year! Go out there and make a difference.

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