Celebrating Spring!


Ancient cultures particularly native American and Iranian, celebrate the spring equinox with customs that date back to thousands of years.

Last week before breaking for spring, we took a small peek at the traditional Iranian ‘Norooz’ with the spread of our own ‘Haft Seen’ (the seven seen’s or the letter S in farsi) a tabletop (sofreh) arrangement of seven symbolic items traditionally displayed at Norooz, (the Persian new year) which includes seven items all starting with the letter seen (س) in the Persian alphabet.


  1. Sabzeh (سبزه) – wheat, barley, – symbolizing rebirth (we used wheat and barely growing in our garden)
  2. Sombol – (hyacinth) – symbolizing first blooms of spring (we planted ours in the garden),IMG_4761


3. Senjed (سنجد) – dried oleaster Wild Olive/Jujube fruit – symbolizing love (we planted our first jujube tree last week though i used a


store brought fruit for the spread) IMG_4735

4. Seer – Garlic (wed planted some in the garden last fall)

5. Seeb (سیب) – apple – symbolizing beauty and health (salvaged from cafeteria waste some for the compost heap ans a few for the spread)

  1. Somāq (سماق) – sumac fruit – symbolizing (the color of) sunrise
  2. Serkeh (سرکه) – vinegar – symbolizing old-age and patience (didnt have)

The following items, although Persian symbols, are not the main part of the traditional Haft-Seen.

  • Divan-e Hafez, a Persian poetry book (we read from the children’s garden journals instead)


  • painted eggs ( couple of plastic ones i was given for Easter by the class)
  • coins as a symbol of wealth
  • Iranian sweets ( is used pistachio brittle from TJs )

For good measure we panted a raspberry bush,


and while learning of ancient traditions enjoyed the full vigor of springs display after a quiet winter.

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Tahereh Sheerazie

Tahereh likes to hike, bike, quilt, cook and most of all garden. She has been a garden ranger with EnrichLa since January 2015. She teaches middle school children, many of whom have special needs which has necessitated a slow, mindful approach to place based garden education. Improving soil, making compost, harvesting water, growing natives and ancient grains and journal writing, is what she enjoys doing most with the children.