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Haft sin facts , meaning of elements symbols – is it true that it was in fact haft Shin ? These are the topics of this article. Join us to get this weird information about Haftsin.
what is haft sin ? Does haft sin mean seven actual sins ?
haft sin is a traditional arrangement of 7 symbols that iranians and other nations who celebrate nowruz gather in first day of year.haft means seven in farsi . “sin” does not mean wrong or bad action , “sin” in here means 15th character of farsi alphabet which sounds as “S” and is called Sin.
after sin there is shin (16th character) and sounds like “sh”
Nowruz Haft sin Facts
Haft-sin is not special for Nowruz?
In some ceremonies, Haftsin is used to start the marriage ceremony .
Is Haft Shin true?
it is said that persians in fact had haft Shin , and one of the items of haft shin were wine (wine in farsi is “sharab” and starts with “sh” or “shin”). and when arab Muslims invaded pesia during sassanid era , to remove sharab from this tradition (because it is forbiden in Islam) haft shin is turned in to haft sin. but is this rumor true ?
It is said that Haftsin was in fact “Haft Chiz” or “seven things” which was performed during the Sassanid era, which can refute the reasons mentioned above.
In the lithographs of Persepolis, there is a view of items from Haft Sin such as green grass. Which was contrary to Haft Shin, meaning “wine, candle, syrup, anemone, candle, nectar, etc.”
Also, the word “شراب” (which means wine that it is rumored that it was used in haft shin) have Arabic roots of “sharab” or “شرب” and are contrary to Persian drink.
There is no theory based on the sacredness or importance of the letters Sin or Shin among the ancients. But it is said that Haftsin was the same Nowruz recitation of the ancients that 7 symbols was placed inside seven white porcelain trays during the Sassanid era. Which later became known as the “haft sini ” meaning “Seven Trays” . Therefore, it is concluded that the Haft Shin hypothesis has no correct basis and is false.
Of course, in some trays, people put wine and candles, but there is no reason why the rest of the trays are made of the shin.
Haftsin or Haft Khan was Nowruz for the dead
Ancient Iranians believed that during Nowruz, the spirits of the dead return from their heavenly place to earth and to their homes. Their children and successors spread colorful tablecloths for their dead ansectors to receive them and put all kinds of food and clothes in those cloths so that the souls of the dead would be pleased and blessed by the hospitality and purity of their successor.
Haft sin have replaced this custom.
In addition to ritual and prayer tools, seasonal foods and fruits were placed on the table. The tablecloth was spread a little above the ground and it was called “Mizd”. The person in charge of distributing the food among the audience was called “Mizdpan” which means hospital.
Seven Trays: There is no doubt that the ancient Iranians have no reason for the two letters “sin” or “shin” to be sacred or Holy, and the elements used to be arranged in the Nowruz did not had to begin with “sin” or “shin”. In the Sassanid era, beautiful painted and precious Trays made of kaolin were brought to Iran from China, which was later named after the country from which it came and became known as “Chini” and in other words as “tray” in Iran.
in Sassanid era these symbols or elements wew held in these trays , therefor haft-chini or haft-sini shaped through the time and turned into haft-sin.
The main component of Haft Sin is green grass
Green grass has been introduced as the main component of Haftsin. And it is a symbol of greenery, freshness, and spring as the symbol of the month which the year begins with.
The Haft sin did not include only the main known modern sins
Other components can be mentioned, such as:
A cup full of water and a few drops of rose water
Flowers of stock
What are the components of the Haft Sin & their symbols?
Oleaster or Sinjid in farsi
Apple or sib in persin
Green Grass or Sabzeh in farsi
Garlic or Sir in Farsi
Vinegar or Serkeh in Farsi
Sumac or somag in farsi
Coins and wheat and Sangak bread
Coins and water were placed side by side
Coins are a symbol of wealth and water is a symbol of purity. Usually the two are placed next to each other to symbolize a clean day.
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