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.
- “Sib” (apple) symbolizes Health.
- “Sabze” (grass) symbolizes love.
- “Senjed” (sea buckthron) symbolizes wisdom.
- “Serkeh” (vinegar) symbolizes washing away the old.
- “Samanu” (germinated wheat paste) symbolizes bravery
- “Sumac” (a spice) symbolizes patience. Side note this is a great salt substitute for your patients with heart failure.
- “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.
I am Eiman Jahangir and I am a dad, husband, and cardiologist. I grew up in the South, trained in the Northeast, moved out West, and now am happily back home in the South. My wife and I have seen our fair share of ups and downs, from the pain of dealing with infertility and losing everything in a matter of hours in the Tubb’s Wildfire, to the joys of having our son and finally finding a medical practice that is right for me. It hasn’t always been easy, but I am grateful and continue to move forward in positive steps.
I write to help people looking to improve their lives. I have written my thoughts and experiences on a wide arrange of topics from parenting to finances to mindfulness. While some of my posts are more useful for doctors and other high earners, most are for everyone.