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Our Persian New Year Norooz 2016

Every year we celebrate the Persian New Year, or Norooz, on the first day of Spring. I have no idea what year it is in Iran, but celebrating 2016 again is good enough for me.

We set up this table called the “haft seen” that translates to “7 S’s”. We put things on it that start with the letter S that symbolize the coming of Spring and all sorts of good stuff.

This year we made 2 haft seens, a grown up one and a toddler-proof one so Valentino and Caspian could feel part of it and hopefully learn something.


Happy Norooz to all our family and friends (we are so late on this….oops) We love you all and send you good wishes.









Ringing in the New Year at Cafe Renaissance. I love this place.


Also- check out what Valentino made…….

His very own sabzeh! He watered it every day too!


He also made his own eggs at school! Caspian was a bit too small to make anything for their haft seen, but maybe next year!


Valentino’s sabzeh! Ok it was kind of a bust, but we love it anyway.


Instead of putting any religious book on our haft seen we opted for poetry books, like this tiny antique one we found in a book store in London. How cute is this? It’s a story from the book of kings, or Shahnameh, by Ferdowsi. On the adult haft seen we put the poetry book Divan by Hafez. We named both kids’s middle names after these two poets (Valentino’s middle name is Hafez and Caspian’s middle name is Ferdowsi).



Wishing everyone a happy healthy and wealthy New Year!

About: Leila Rahmanian and Salar Rahmanian

Leila Rahmanian is married to Salar Rahmanian. They live in the San Francisco Bay Area and have three wonderful kids, two boys named Valentino Rahmanian and Caspian Rahmanian and a beautiful daughter named Persephone Rahmanian.