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Offline saro

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today nowruz token
« on: March 12, 2019, 02:29:30 PM »
The persian Nowruz is coming soon (march 21st),  here is a token that people who are celebrating nowruz in the USA can currently get.
It reads : "'aid tan mubarak / nowruz tan piroz" (happy Nowruz, luck & success)

"Sekkeh" (or sikkah) :  are one of the Nowruz 7 symbols  which should be present on the New Year  table.
These "sekkeh" were uniface shahi sefid (= white shahi) or tokens at times of the Qajar or Pahlavi (a good number of them can be seen on WoC) they have been today  most often replaced by current coins.

 "Haft sin" : " the seven S ", which should be present on the table :
    sabzeh سبزه  : wheat, barley or lentil sprouts growing in a dish - symbolizing rebirth
    samanu سمنو  : a sweet pudding made from wheat germ - symbolizing affluence
    senjed سنجد : the dried fruit of the oleaster tree - symbolizing love
    sir سیر  :  garlic - symbolizing medicine
    sib سیب  : apples - symbolizing beauty and health
    somaq سماق :  sumac berries - symbolizing (the color of) sunrise
    serkeh سرکه  :  vinegar - symbolizing age and patience

Although traditionally improper, a missing "Sin" is on occasion substituted with another item starting with an S. For example:

    sonbol سنبل : the fragrant hyacinth flower (the coming of spring)
    sekkeh سکه :  coins (prosperity and wealth)
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Offline Figleaf

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Re: today nowruz token
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2019, 08:42:34 AM »
I find the great attraction of new year coins is that they give a glimpse of local culture, while not being government propaganda. I can easily imagine a family gathering around these familiar symbols. It is probably not too far off Christmas gatherings 8) TFP, saro.

Peter
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