Friday, March 20, 2009

Aid-at mobarak--it's Persian New Year

Posted By on 03.20.09 at 11:25 AM

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Today, being the first day of spring (beginning precisely at 6:44 AM), is also Nowruz, or the Persian New Year, a day for visiting, eating, and exchanging good wishes. Like last year, the Rogers Park restaurant Massouleh is celebrating all weekend with a special of sabzi polo, green rice, colored and flavored with parsley, cilantro, dill, and fresh garlic, eaten with whitefish ($12.95).

Additionally, proprietress Goly Nassiri-Masouleh is preparing the traditional haft sin table--a symbolic display of seven items (among them apples, sumac, and vinegar) beginning with the letter s in Farsi and representing things such as love, health, wealth, purity, abundance.

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