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Abadeh , Haft Sin
Haftsin (Haft Sin) denoting 'seven items beginning with the letter sin (S)', is one of the components of the rituals of the New Year's Day festival observed by most Iranians.
The sin items are traditionally as follows:
1. sabza, that is, wheat (or barley, sometimes lentils also) grown to the height of a few inches inside a thin piece of white cloth wrapped around a clay jug (kuza; nowadays the sabza is more commonly grown on a shallow earthenware plate)
2. sepand (esfand), seeds of wild rue (often placed in a small incense burner and burned just after the turn of the year
3. sib, apples, already mentioned
4. sekka, a few newly minted coins
5. sir, garlic cloves (formerly with the roots dyed red, blue and green to resemble colored tassels)
6. serka, vinegar
7. a bowl of samanu (called samani by the Shirazis and Kurds)
( آباده شهر مردم خونگرم و عاشق است ، آرام و عاشقانه و با خنده بگذر )

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