Noruz in spirit
"I am going to make a Haft Seen."
March 20, 2000
A few days ago my 17-year-old daughter Mahdiyeh came into my room and
said: "I am going to make a Haft Seen."
She sounded very determined. It was as if she felt there would be no
Noruz without the Haft Seen and the new year would not feel right at all...
I dropped her off at the mall (where she goes shopping mostly for clothes
and assorted make-up accessories about once a week). When I picked her
up an hour later, she was carrying a coloring kit: four plastic cups with
Back home, she took out five eggs from the fridge, dropped them into
the cups for a few minutes and then dried them on paper towels.
The eggs sat on the table for three days. There was no more talk about
Haft Seen. The Sonbol (Hyacinth) I had bought from the supermarket was
sagging in the kitchen. Engaar ghash kardeh bood.
Sunday night, a few hours before Noruz, we had to be at a friend's house
for dinner. Before we left, Mahdiyeh asked for my pack of cigarettes. "I
need another 'seen'," she said. I was busy in front the computer and
wasn't sure what she was talking about.
As we were about to leave the apartment, I noticed that the livingroom
table looked different. Mahdiyeh had put together the Haft Seen -- well,
kind of. It consists of Sonbol, sekkeh (pennies), sang (stones), eggs and
ummm... a pack
At least she kept the spirit alive...
It's 20 minutes past Noruz. I'm going to wake her up and give her a
A very happy Noruz to you all,
PS: Listen to the BBC Persian Service's Noruz report. I hear it's pretty
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