Last year, I managed to set a colorful table.
This year, I could not!
I offer the following excuses:
1) Leni, my 4 years old gold fish died, of old age perhaps.
2) My car has been stuck in snow and it was freez-raining today and thus I could not even buy flowers.
My husband still set a haft-seen: seer (garlic), Sekeh (coins), Somagh (sumac), Seeb (Apple), Senjed (no clue what it is in English), Sabzeh (wheat sprouts) and Sonbol (hyacinth). I also have a mirror and sweets and roasted nuts on the table. I didn't have time to paint eggs; or to bake home made cookies.
Nevertheless, I made Ash-reshteh, and I cooked Sabzipolo and Mahi (herb-rice and fish), and I was with those I love most.
We did some spring cleaning, far from thorough, but a gesture counts!
I wore something new!
And, I wrote to my friends!
Our new year festivities are not commercial, so no need to buy gifts for anyone!
Equinox won't be before almost two hours; and I won't be able to stay up till then. So, I wish to welcome the spring with a nice poem from Alexandre Pushkin:
Of ancient native rites and things:
I gladly free a little birdie
At celebration of the spring.
I'm now free for consolation,
And thankful to almighty Lord:
At least, to one of his creations
I've given freedom in this world!
P.S. I don't have a bird to liberate, but I have allowed a little squirrel to nest in our balcony; in spite of the damage she is doing and teh mess she is making!