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Persian New Year

We walked into Mashti Malone’s ice cream parlor on St. Patrick’s Day to find an interesting counter-top display consisting of a gold fish, coins, a red apple, green grass and other assorted items. According to Oscar, the head ice cream maker, the display was in celebration of Nowruz, which is also known as “Persian New Year”.

Nowruz not only signifies the new year on the Iranian calendar, but also marks the first day of spring (which is ironic since it was pouring rain on this March day). The display represents a traditional table setting with specific items starting with the letter S (from the Persian alphabet). These items have several correlations to Astrology and the elements of Life: sky, earth, fire, water, plants, animals, and human fertility. Mashti Malone, thank you for the history lesson!