sabzeh - wheat, barley or lentil sprouts growing in a dish (symbolising rebirth)
samanu - a sweet pudding made from wheat germ (symbolising affluence)
senjed - the dried fruit of the jujube tree (love)
seer - garlic (medicine)
seeb - apples, (beauty and health)
somaq - sumac berries (the colour of the sunrise)
serkeh -vinegar (age and patience)
sonbol - the fragrant hyacinth flower (the coming of spring)
sekkeh - coins (prosperity and wealth)
a bowl with two goldfish (life, and the sign of Pisces which the sun is leaving)
a bowl of water with an orange in it (the earth floating in space)
rose water for its magical cleansing powers
There's also a Holy Book knocking around somewhere.
Come the time, everyone jumps up and shakes hands/kisses everyone else, and nobody sings Auld Lang Syne. It's lovely. And the kids get presents - I guess this is like Christmas for an Iranian child...the ones last night certainly seemed to think so!
I think I'll adopt the Vernal Equinox as a reason to be cheerful in future - definitely an excuse for a party.
An interesting aside: the telly was on at this bash last night, tuned to various Iranian channels throughout the evening. Every third advert was for property in Dubai! There was even an ad for The Lodge. This is the promised (sand)land.