8th Sin

Photographer : Keyvan Jafari | Source : keyvanjafari.ir | Thursday, March 26, 2020

Nowruz is one of the oldest celebrations held in Iran at the beginning of spring. The Iranians are celebrating Nowruz as a resurrection of nature and the growth of the garden.  One important part of the Norouz is the “Haft (i.e. seven) Sin” Tables. In this table, there are seven things that begin with the letter "S" in Farsi language i.e. Garlic, Cinderella, Semeno, Apple ... (In Persian, S is pronounced “sin”, and these seven words begin with that letter. So they are known as haft (seven) sin.) Each of these seven symbols mean something important. The apple is a symbol of beauty and health, the symbol of love and affection, and the coin symbol of wealth in life. Another tradition is that people go to the graves of the dead on the last Thursday of the year to honor their beloved deads. With these interpretations, Iran's New Year's Eve this year began with Eighth “sin”: Flood. (In Farsi this letter also begins with “sin” (Flood == seil)). Due to heavy rainfall in some of Iran's provinces, including Mazandaran and Golestan, there was a massive flood. This flood caused financial losses to residents of these provinces, as well as injuries and deaths of some people. It is said that in this natural incident, during just two days 300 mm of precipitation occurred, which is equal to the average annual rainfall in Golestan province.  This rainfall has been unprecedented in the region at all times during the history of meteorological data, at least during the past seventy years. The flood of Golestan and Mazandaran provinces is a periodic flood that occurs every 100 years. Continuous rain and snow and temperature drop in Mazandaran and Golestan provinces, which began on Sunday, March 26, 2019, caused floods in these provinces. The erosion of the soil caused by the excessive use of forests and the prolonged rainfall and the release of water from behind the dams caused the flood to flow in the northern area of Iran at the beginning of the year 1398.  The flood totally covered the cemetery and the shrine of the martyrs in the Panbeh-Chule village of Sari (main city in Mazandaran province). Unlike last year, “the dead” saw mud and destruction everywhere instead of the flower from their families. The deforested land near that area, is an evidence of “loneliness” of human being which has happened due to his own ignorance to the environment. Nevertheless, the human footprints and the “Haft Sin” table that remained on the tombstones, are the light of hope for the humanity.

8th Sin
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