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Introduction of Sofre haftsin(haft sin)
Ancient Iran has many celebrations and festivals, and in Iranian culture, each celebration has a specific symbol. As a symbol of the beauty of creation, the Haftsin (haft seen set or haftsin set) table(Persian: سفره هفت سین) is one of the precious heritages of Iranian ancestors.
Have you ever thought about the background of the Nowruz celebration and the Haft-sin table? Setting the Nowruz table will be beautiful if you get to know more ideas and find the reasons for placing each item on the table.
Nowruz(Persian: نوروز) is one of the oldest celebrations left from ancient times and has many customs. One of Iran’s most famous Nowruz ceremonies is setting the haft sin table.
Even today, the people of Iran prepare the Haft-Sin table a few hours before the time of New Year’s delivery, and the food items that begin with Sin, such as elderberry (Senjed), Sabze, Samano, coin (Sekke), apple (Sib), sumac, and garlic (Sir) are placed on the table.
With the advent of Islam in Iran, the Sofre Haft Sin of Iranians has been decorated with the Holy Quran. Each of the components of HaftSeen is a sign of concepts such as growth, birth, fertility, abundance, blessing, etc. In this article, we will introduce you to the philosophy of the Haft-Sin Table and the concepts of each Nowruz’s Sins.
What is the philosophy of the Haft sin table?
Haft Seen Set tablecloth is a great philosophy of Nowruz. This tablecloth is spread in homes during the 13 days of Eid and some of them entertain their guests next to this tablecloth. Blessings are very common in most wedding ceremonies setting the wedding table.
In the past, with the interpretations and evidence that exist, Haftsin has been held in different ways, and the philosophy of Haftsin has changed so far. Here, we will review the philosophy of Haftsin from the past to the present and its commonalities. We point out.
According to the Iranica encyclopedia, the seven trays were originally seven or seven memes, meaning seven assemblies in which different Persian gifts and food were placed in these trays or assemblies. Rarely, these seven trays were renamed, Haft Chin. The philosophy of naming it is due to placing seven stackers on or inside the tray.
According to historians; Haft-e-Sin was paler in the Safavid period than in previous periods, and only according to the allusions made by World War II, seven flowers were planted on Nowruz on the occasion of this Eid, which began with the names of Sin-e-Sin. According to these references, Sepand and Semno have been used in the past, each with its philosophy. Sepand is a symbol of Sepandar Maz and Semno is a symbol of Anahita who was a saint in Zoroastrianism because on the day of cooking Semno for Anahita All members must be women and men were not present.
During the Sassanid period, Haft-Seen Set was changed to planting seven seeds in seven columns. Despite these changes, Haftsin was a symbol that was used in different ways in different periods. Also, in the poems of many great poets, this ritual was held. And the philosophy of Haft-e-Sin has made direct and indirect references.
Today, the Haft-e-Sin table is composed of seven “sins” of green, garlic, semi, apple, vinegar, sumac, elm, coin, or lavender, each of which is a symbol of life, happiness, and health. , Mirror, candlestick, egg, water, bread, and… are also used, which shows goodness and blessings for family members.
It has been on the Iranian Eid table for many centuries; Seven foods and objects that begin with the letter “Sin” are used. Also, after Islam, the Quran is an important part of the Iranian table and they start the new year by reciting verses from the Quran. Fish, painted eggs, and a mirror. The other components make up the Haft Seen Set table. It is also common to put lavender, coins, and Persian samovars that have nothing to do with the truth of Haftsin, as well as goldfish, which are Chinese lavender and are left on Chinese Eid for life to flow, but the Iranians keep goldfish tight inside. They have to die.
There was also a Persian pomegranate in Haftsin Parsi, which is a sign of love and fertility, and the fact that apples were placed in a container full of clean and clear water so that love and fertility would continue.