In their calendar, it will be the year 1397.

This is the Haft-Seen, a table of seven symbolic items set for the new year. The table is traditionally occupied by:

  • Wheat (Sabzeh) - symbolizing rebirth
  • Sweet pudding (Samanu) - symbolizing affluence
  • Persian olive (Senjed) - symbolizing love
  • Garlic (Seer) - symbolizing health
  • Apple (Seeb) - symbolizing beauty
  • Sumac (somaq) - symbolizing the color of sunrise
  • Vinegar (Serkeh) - symbolizing age and patience

These items, while not traditionally put on the Haft-Seen, may still be placed:

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  • Qur’an
  • Divan-e Hafez - a Persian poetry book
  • A mirror representing creation
  • Goldfish representing life
  • Candles (One for each member of the family)
  • Painted eggs (One for each member of the family)
  • Coins
  • A bowl of water
  • Bread

Here are some pictures of various places in Iran.

Kish
Tehran
Persepolis
Azadi (Freedom) monument

Iran is one of the oldest countries on the planet (preceded by the Persian Empire) and in my opinion one of the most beautiful. I would love to go back there and visit for a couple of months. I haven’t been since 2006.