In celebration of Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, Genie's Persian Palace will host a traditional Haft Sin meal tonight. In keeping with the Haft Sin tradition, which marks the advent of spring, Genie's owners Mo and Shiva Karimy will prepare a meal based on seven dishes that begin with the letter “S,” each symbolizing a different creation:
Sabzeh: wheat, barley or lentil sprouts symbolizes rebirth
Samanu: sweet pudding made from wheat germ symbolizes affluence
Senjed: dried fruit of the oleaster tree symbolizes love
Sīr: garlic symbolizes medicine
Sīb: apples symbolize beauty and health
Somaq: sumac berries symbolize the sunrise
Serkeh: vinegar symbolizes age and patience
(Actually, Mrs. Karimy doesn't have any samanu, she says, but she has decorated the buffet with dyed eggs, a Persian tradition that predates Easter by thousands of years.)
Other traditions surrounding Nowruz include jumping over fires, spring cleaning, exchanging gifts and picnicking. Click here to read more about Nowruz. Or better yet, stop by Genie's tonight and wish Mrs. Karimy and “Mo” a happy spring. Chances are they'll tell you a whole lot more.
Genie's Persian Palace is located at 6990 Moores Lane. Phone: 370-7022.