HAFTSEEN, otherwise known as Haft Seen (Persian: هفت‌سین‎‎, the seven seen's) is a tabletop arrangement of seven symbolic items traditionally displayed at Nowruz, the Persian new year. The haft seen table includes seven items all starting with the letter seen (س) in the Persian alphabet.


The Haft Seen items are:


Sabzeh (سبزه) - wheat, barley, mung bean or lentil sprouts growing in a dish - symbolizing rebirth

Samanu (سمنو) - sweet pudding made from wheat germ - symbolizing affluence

Senjed (سنجد) - dried oleaster Wild Olive fruit - symbolizing love

Seer (سیر) - garlic - symbolizing medicine

Seeb (سیب) - apple - symbolizing beauty and health

Somāq (سماق) - sumac fruit - symbolizing (the color of) sunrise

Serkeh (سرکه) - vinegar - symbolizing old-age and patience

Sabzeh - Sprouts from seven different kinds of seeds

clay figures, whitewashed (favorites being domestic animals, cows, donkeys, sheep, camel, nightingale, peacock, also household objects such as sugar-loaf, bowls, or a three-legged stool). These "bear witness to the triumphant works of creation."

Quran ( the last holly book which emphasizes the belief in all prophets,to create unity and emphasise the fact that God is only one,and the message of all prophets are the same,since their God was the same).

a mirror

a goldfish in a bowl represents life and the end of astral year-picas

a low brazier full of fire

a lamp

sprays of cypress or pine


painted eggs



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