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Phtoto essay: Sharing my Nowruz ritual haft-seen

by Nazy Kaviani
As a decade ends on the Iranian calendar and a new one starts, and as another year begins with hopes and fears among Iranians worldwide, I would like to share my Nowruz ritual of setting up the haft-seen table and my reflections with you. I wish you all a very happy New Year, full of health, love, prosperity, and joy. Nowruz Pirooz!

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Happy New Year!

by Aref-Adib on

Absolutely beautiful! 

1-4th Irani


by 1-4th Irani on

The photo essay definitly put a smile on my face :)



by yolanda on

Great photo essay.......time flies........I still remember your last year' haft seen......last year, you had more blue and purplish colors.....this year more red color.....

The word "eclectic" is great! It is better to be eclectic than being extremist!

Thank you for the very Persian photo essay!


Mona 19


by Mona 19 on

Beautiful photo essay, and Happy Naw Ruz

Sepideh Raissadat ~  Farvardin

Mona ;)


Worcester Mo

Very tastefully done

by Worcester Mo on

Beautiful composition.  Very nicely done.  I wish you and all Iranians a glorious year.  Maybe our beloved country finds her Kaveh and finally get rid of Islamic Zahaks. 


A wish during Irans Darkest Days.

by amirparvizforsecularmonarchy on

That Iranians become Noble and Iranian again and defeat zahak regime from Iran.



A beautiful mind and a beautiful haft seen!

by Ghahremani on

by Ghahremani on 

Dear Nazy:

Your lovely haft-seen renewed the joy I had drawn from setting my own. Not only do you manifest great taste in your authentic design, but also your care and love shines through. I join you in your meaningful prayer and would like to add that may we all learn to tolerate the ignorance around us.

The world will never be perfect, but may each one of us succeed in perfecting ourselves. Happy Norooz to you, my friend, and to all those who understand the significance of new beginnings.

Nazy Kaviani

Thank you friends!

by Nazy Kaviani on

What a fabulous eid-didani this photo album has become! Thank you for coming to visit and for all your good wishes. I hope the New Year brings Iranians worldwide joy and peace. I wish all of you good health and hope that you will laugh harder this year than you have in the years past, and that your fingers get busy with beshkan's this year! I hope your pockets are full enough to ensure your comfort, and that love surrounds your households. Thank you again and Nowruz Pirooz!

Zan Amrikai


by Zan Amrikai on

Nazy, it is just beautiful!!  What a nice job you did putting this photo story together.  Kheili mamnoonam.


JD jan, Nowruz shoma ham mobarakeh inshallaa

by Monda on

I love the blues in Nazy's Haft-seen as well. Thank you for your reminder.

Shazde Asdola Mirza

عید شما مبارک و سفره شما با برکت

Shazde Asdola Mirza

Jeesh Daram


by Jeesh Daram on

Beautiful and very artistic presentation. The blue glassware give away such romantic Persian feelings...

Happy New Year to all....

Anahid Hojjati

Nazy jan, what a fantastic photo essay

by Anahid Hojjati on

Dear Nazy, I truly enjoyed looking at these photos and reading the captions. Everything looks so beautiful. Some of my favorites are #5, #6, #13, #15, #21 and #24. Thanks for sharing your pictures and also your thoughts.


Ms. Sunshine, Noorezet

by vildemose on

Ms. Sunshine, Noorezet pirooz va ba arezooye inkeh az ghame zamaneh dar aman bashi va ba khoshi ghareen. Keep on spreading your generous spirit throughout the year.



به به، چه سفره هفت سین زیبایی !


سال نو شما و تمام دوستان مبارک باد.


May all your wishes come true

by Mehrban on

Happy new year.

shahireh sharif

سال نو مبارک

shahireh sharif

آرزومند آرزوهایت 


Esfand Aashena

Goldfish and sabzes!

by Esfand Aashena on

Goldfish and sabzes seem to have become the troublemakers of the Iranian 7S tables around the globe!

- First of all the goldfish we buy in pet stores or Iranian supermarkets are bred as "feeders" which means they're bred to die at the hands of Piranhas or miniature Sharks or other predatory fish in fish tanks and aquariums!  Now is that a better fate than dying in peace in a fish bowl?!

But as we all have hizbullah PETA members in our circle of friends and family (not you Nazy jaan :-) we now have the headache of arguing about goldfish at what is supposed to be a happy time!  So for these families and friends you can ask them which fate is better for goldfish? or release the fish in a lake or pond or stream so the fish can take its chance in a free body of water!

- Now as far as sabze, you can grow Lentils or Wheat.  For wheat you need at least a full month but for Lentil (adass) you can grow it in 10 - 12 days.  Either way instead of putting your seeds in a flat or semi-flat plate, use a deeper plate.  Like the aluminum dishes they use to cook cakes in oven or the underplate they put under plants to keep the water in the plant from going out.  A semi-deep plate about 1/2 inch - 3/4 inch deep.

Mix your seeds with a little (very little) potting soil and water generously until you see sprouts.  Then hold back water and water once every other day or two days.

Happy Norooz and new year Nazy jaan and everyone! 

Everything is sacred

Soosan Khanoom

Beautiful and Sweet

by Soosan Khanoom on

These pictures are full of love and light...... They only radiate joy and happiness ..........

Thanks for sharing your haft seen with us dear Nazy

Wish you a happy new year  : )


Orang Gholikhani

Saal no Mobarak

by Orang Gholikhani on

I share all your wishes



Nazy's haft seen table and wishes are beautiful indeed

by Monda on

and Sima joon I was not paying attention to my naarenj. I hope that rolled too. Eyde hamegi mobarak. I wish us all a Hopeful, calmer New Year.


This was the first norooz I celebrated with a Japanese friend

by sima on

Thanks to Nazy and Azadeh for some timely bridges. My friend Kuniko planted the seed for the Renga. Thanks Azadeh joon for starting it! Nazy khanom, your turn... And MPD don't disappoint us. I think you were born to write haiku!

Jahanshah Javid


by Jahanshah Javid on

We all share your dreams and wishes.

Keep on sprouting and growing and spreading love as you always have.

And by the way, that's a beautiful Haft-Seen you put together.


Naazy Jan

by Doctor mohandes on

I won enjoyment:))

Your hand does not ache as you are a "kad" lady:)

I hope God gives you one in this world and 100 in the end!


Azadeh Azad

Eidet Mobaarak, Nazy jan

by Azadeh Azad on

Happy Nowruz to all Iranians and all peoples of Persian culture around the glob.

Come and celeberate this lucky occasion with poetry-writing, here:




Multiple Personality Disorder

مقالهء عکسی شما بسیار زیباست

Multiple Personality Disorder


خانمِ کاویانی،

سفرهء هفت سینِ سالِ نوِ شما بسیار زیباست.  من آرزو می کنم که همهء آرزوهای شما در سالِ آینده تحقق پیدا کند.

Darius Kadivar

Eydet mobarak Nazy jan!

by Darius Kadivar on

Beautiful and wishing you and your loved ones a Wonderful Persian New Year.

Beh Omideh Peeroozy va Sar Bolandiyeh Iran va Irani !


Noroozetan Peerooz ! 


Orange didn't roll!!!!

by sima on

Sal Tahvil everybody... eyde shoma mobarak!

 My orange didn't roll. The goldfish took a whirl around the bowl. I've no problem being un-PC.

Nazy Kaviani

I believe!

by Nazy Kaviani on

Sima Jan, I believe it does. And when it was still politically correct to have goldfish, mine always turned at tahvil time. What can I say? I believe.


Merci Nazy joon!

by sima on

BTW is it reallt true that the orange in the bowl of water actually rolls at sal tahvil?