S… like Sabzeh
Nowruz, new day, the first day of spring is the Iranian New Year.
One feels Nowruz approaching through scents and aromas, first burgeons and the temperate weather. It usually means happy times, holidays, family and friends gatherings …
With this year’s cold winter, the pollution, the bad cold I have caught and the daily dose of far from great news, I felt Nowruz mainly through the internet: Since a few weeks ago all the New Year related search engine terms of the blog have risen and my old posts such as Nowruz countdown and Haft Sin have remained on top.
Apparently traditions date Nowruz back to 15,000 years ago. Celebrating the revival of the life cycle seems to be deeply rooted in our psyche. Its rituals are adapted and observed by people of all faiths in present day Iran and beyond: it is a perfect conciliatory event.
In a sane world, we would seriously consider to turn this ancient festival into a universal green event and start thinking in terms of beautifying the earth – but I guess we need more than a few elections to get there.
Sabzeh, grass, is one of the seven elements of the Haft Sin sorfreh, tray or table. If you wish to grow some, the instructions are very simple:
Soak a handful of grain seeds – wheat or lentil etc. – for a few days until it burgeons, about three days. Change the water every day.
Spread the seeds on a flat tray and cover it with a piece of humid cloth. Soak the cloth regularly.
Remove the cloth after two days. Sprinkle a little water on to maintain the humidity, not too much lest it rots.