This is a picture of our Haft-Seen (cloth of seven dishes that begin with the Persian letter seen). This is by no means very authentic. I always procrastinate, then run around trying to gather what we need. I didn't color the egg (just like Easter), I don't have one of the sweets, and the flowers are supposed to be Hyacinths. There are a lot of Persians in this area, so there is a lot of demand for the flowers. You can see what it's supposed to have and find out what each item means here. I added a little "Catholic" to ours with the Virgin Mary and a bible instead of a Koran. We're also supposed to have a goldfish, but I don't need another pet around here.
Tonight we'll have the traditional NoRooz dinner of fish and herbed rice (Sabzeh Polo Mahi) at my mother-in-law's. The kids will receive gifts of new money. I wish I was a kid!
In two weeks we'll celebrate Seezdeh Bedar, 13th day of NoRooz. Everyone goes to the local park, Vasona, to picnic, see folk dancing, and listen to concerts. It's amazing! I always wonder what someone who has no idea what's going on thinks when they enter the park find it transformed into Iran. Can't wait for the kebabs!
There's a great article about NoRooz here.