Happy Belated Persian New Years Friends! I know right about now you are thinking to yourself “umm what is she talking about? New Years has already passed” But, for Persians all around the world, we will be celebrating New Years aka Nowruz aka the official start of spring/summer. While many folks are gearing up for the warmer weather and gorgeous summer flats, Persians are gearing up for some in depth literal “spring cleaning” of their homes and also a spiritual spring cleaning of sorts for their souls! Persian New Year or Nowruz, literally translates to “New Day.” Persians celebrate by cleaning their homes, buying new clothes, baking pastries and putting together a beautiful table setting called Haft Sin (pronounced ‘seen’) aka the Table of Seven S’s. Each household prepares their table differently, but they all represent seven items that begin with the letter “S” in the Farsi language.
The Haft Sīn items are: Sabzeh aka wheat, barley or lentils. These gems symbolize rebirth. Samanu aka the sweetest pudding made, symbolizes affluence. Senjed aka the dried fruit of the oleaster tree symbolizes love. Sīr aka garlic symbolizes medicine. Sīb aka apples have always symbolized beauty and health. Somaq aka sumac berries symbolize the color of sunrise and last but not least, Serkeh aka vinegar symbolizes age and patience.
I wanted my tablescape to have a very regal and elegant vibe to it so I opted with a gorgeous Royal blue feel and balanced it off by incorporating stunning shades of blush pink and fuchsia colored garden roses and ranunculus for my flowers. The beauty about this and Persian new years in general is that it is something that is open for everyone to take part in. I know a lot of my girlfriends in particular usually find themselves in a bit of a funk after the initial start of the year and this is the perfect opportunity for them to get a new perspective and fresh start for where they are at.I hope you lovely ladies enjoy this beautiful and colorful celebration that is enjoyed by so many all around the world! xoxo moni
Styling & design: Birds & Honey | Photography: Nima Malekraeisi of Fun with Light Photography | Tassel Garland: Studio Mucci | Floral Design: Akiko Floral | Calligraphy: Justine Ma Design | Table Linen: Ralph Lauren | Gold Rimmed Glasses: Vintage from Turkey