When I was a child in Iran I was so excited for Nowruz because it meant wearing new clothes and new shoes and not going to school for fourteen days. My mom started preparing for Nowruz by cleaning the house and growing lentil seeds for the sabze, which she said has been a tradition in her family. We gathered around the Haft Seen table with some of the traditional seven “S”s. My mom thought sabze, the holy Quran, and a mirror were the most important items to have on Haft Seen table.
Since I came to America I have been celebrating Nowruz with family and friends. I prepare the lentil sabze at home as the symbol of the new year. As I wash the seeds I pray for a new season in life, with a clean slate for myself and family and friends.
—Nasrin Naraghi, teacher, Diablo Valley Community College.