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Painted eggs for norouz. the boy is buying some painted eggs for persian new year celebration in 11 hour before start of new year. painted eggs are a item of "Haft Seen" table. painted eggs in "Haft Seen" are perhaps one for each member of the family (fertility). furthermore they beautify form of the Haft Seen".

a major tradition of norouz is the setting of the "haft Seen" - the seven "S"s, seven items starting with letter "S" or "Seen" in persian alphabet), which are seven specific items on a table symbolically corresponding to the seven creations and the seven holy immortals protecting them. today they are changed and modified but some have kept their symbolism. every family attempts to set as beautiful a haft seen table as they can, as it is not only of special spiritual meaning to them, but also is noticed by visitors to their house during norouzi visitations and is a reflection of their good taste.
the following list is an example of some common haft seen items, though there isn't consensus as to which

sabzeh - wheat, barley or lentil sprouts growing in a dish (symbolising rebirth)
samanu - a sweet pudding made from wheat germ (symbolising affluence)
senjed - the dried fruit of the jujube tree (love)
seer - garlic (medicine)
seeb - apples, (beauty and health)
somaq - sumac berries (the colour of the sunrise)
serkeh - vinegar (age and patience)
sonbol - the fragrant hyacinth flower (the coming of spring)
sekkeh - coins (prosperity and wealth)

other items on the table may include:
lit candles (enlightenment and happiness)
a mirror
painted eggs, perhaps one for each member of the family (fertility)
a bowl with two goldfish (life, and the sign of pisces which the sun is leaving)
a bowl of water with an orange in it (the earth floating in space)
rose water for its magical cleansing powers
the national colours, for a patriotic touch
a holy book (e.g., the qur'an, bible, torah or the avesta) or a poetry book (almost always either
the shahnama or of hafez)

a sample of "Haft Seen"

Happy Persian New Year (1385)

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