Showcasing Your Haftseen


The Washington, D.C. metropolitan area is home to an estimated 85,000 vibrant Iranian-Americans, who form a community spanning many generations, ethnic groups, and religions. The Iranian-American Community Center (IACC) serves as a resource to help educate, promote, and nurture Iranian cultural values in the community regardless of faith or political views. They share the rich Persian culture with the community and work to preserve the Persian culture for future generations. 

Starting at 1:00 pm ET on Sunday, March 21, 2021, the IACC will celebrate Norooz by sharing your creativity and showcasing your haftseen with the Iranian community worldwide with music and poetry. 

Registration is required for this free celebration. 

What is Haft-seen or Haft-sin

Haftseen is an arrangement of seven symbolic items whose names start with "س" pronounced as "seen" the 15th letter in the Persian alphabet; haft (هفت) is Persian for seven. It is traditionally displayed at Norooz, which marks the beginning of spring.

The following are the primary items of haftseen:

Sabzeh (سبزه) – wheat, barley, mung bean, or lentil sprouts grown in a dish.
Samanu (سمنو) – wheat germ sweet pudding.
Senjed (سنجد) – Persian olive.
Serkeh (سرکه) – vinegar.
Seeb (سیب) – apple.
Seer (سیر) – garlic.
Somāq (سماق) – sumac.
Coins (سکه sekke), hyacinth (سنبل sonbol), and clock (ساعت saat) are sometimes included too. Other symbolic items that are typically used to accompany haftseen include a mirror, candles, painted eggs, goldfish, and traditional Persian confectioneries. source: wikipedia