It’s Spring; I am Born Again

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Written by: Sanaz Lordfard
Photo Credits: Unsplash by Sergey Shmidt

Being of Iranian descent, the first day of spring marks the beginning of a new year (nowruz) in the Persian calendar. My anticipation for this celebration persists even as more years go by. In fact, my favourite season is spring; because life comes again when spring arrives. Tulips bloom, the warmth of the sun returns, and rain rehydrates the earth. Spring gives me the opportunity to grow again, alongside nature across the earth. For nowruz, we decorate our tables with a Haft-seen (meaning 7 S). Each component starts with the letter S, and symbolizes elements we hope to bring into our lives for the new year.   

  1. Sabzeh (wheat, barley, or lentil sprouts) symbolizes rebirth and growth.  
  2. Saman (sweet pudding made from wheat germ) symbolizes sweetness 
  3. Senjed (dried oleaster fruit) symbolizes love 
  4. Seer (garlic) symbolizes health 
  5. Seeb (apple) symbolizes beauty 
  6. Somagh (sumac) symbolizes the sunrise and new beginnings 
  7. Serkeh (vinegar) symbolizes patience.   

How knowledgeable and creative my ancestors were 3000 years ago to have created this tradition that continues to be richly celebrated to this day. Another integral component of Persian new year is 13 days after nowruz when Iranians leave their homes to enjoy nature and picnic outdoors, as part of a day called “Sizdah Bedar.”   

This spring gives us the perfect chance to refresh our hearts, minds and souls. It feels that this spring is the first time where life feels a little back to normal after 3 years of living in fear, isolation, and hopelessness. Personally, I hope to live my life with more gratitude this year, embracing every moment I get to spend with friends, and every hug I get to give to those I love. I encourage you to go on walks on a sunny day, if you are feeling discouraged about exams or burnt out from your to-do list. This is the time of year where it can feel most challenging to push through, at least it feels that way for me. Know that you are so close to finishing another wonderful year, and let the hope of spring guide you to the end. 

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