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Year 1397 Persian New Year / Equinox / First Spring Day / Astrology Day /// A small celebration this year that is always steeped in nostalgia of ones past and a makeshift haft seen table missing a few essentials lest including Sham, candles for enlightenment, Sir, garlic for health, Sonbol, a hyacinth, fragrant spring in a bloom, Serkeh, vinegar, symbolizing old age and patience, Sekkeh coins for abundance and prosperity, Mahi, fish that represent life and an adieu to Pieces season, a poem by Hafiz, Orange in water, as the earth in space, Rosewater for its magical cleansing properties, Rose quartz for balance in love and Protective hands from Morocco and Mexico. Atmospheric aromas of Palo Santo, Frankincense and Papier d’Armenie. A photo of my father, who is the reason I am privy to this holiday and one of my cosmic friend, Lucette. /// I told my mum last night that I was preparing my haft-seen and she asked me "Why do you bother with Nowruz? You are not even Iranian." Taken aback, mostly because I've been independently celebrating Nowruz for years and have introduced and included so many friends in the rich culture of welcoming Spring, but I suppose the reason is I have long been fascinated by Iranian customs, food and art. It is a dream of mine to actually celebrate Nowruz in Tehran. But I think all celebrations like these should be inclusive, because in their essence they aren't about religious views, it is about being together and sharing something, because that can bind us. And Zoroaster believed in the four elements of life and that good will and good words should be what we live by and I don't need much more mystical history that that. So Nowruz Mobarak! Find a way to be thankful for the light and the mere fact that we are here and welcoming a new season!