Last Monday was Newroz, the Persian New Year celebration. It’s the biggest annual festivity for Iranians. FYI in UM’s MBA program, there’s a significant number of Iranian students. Every year during Newroz, they put a table filled with decorations at the faculty’s lobby.
This year’s deco that they prepared. That’s me and Wan in the mirror ;-)
What are the stuffs on the table? Clockwise from 12 o’clock:
- A mirror.
- The Holy Quran.
- A glass of vinegar with several coins in it.
- Cookies, these aren’t part of the deco, they are for guests to eat.
- Egg with some Persian characters written on it and wheat.
- A goldfish in a bowl aquarium.
- Some kind of mixture. Not sure what it is.
- What are those black fruits? Can’t recall.
- The green stuffs in the middle of a table are bean sprouts.
According to my Iranian classmates, the decorations symbolize seven things beginning with the letter “S” in their language. The mirror symbolizes a shiny new year. I did try the cookies, very sweet! Taste like those Arabic halwa.
Newroz Pîroz Be to those celebrating! Have a great year ahead!