The first day of the month of Farvardin, that ushers in the loveliest season of the year, is a time that is a moment of celebration of the rejuvenation of growth and vigour in nature. It marks a moment of joyous festivities for people across the globe, to share and convey to the world a message of renewed hope of happiness and optimism.
Most spectecular one of the traditions of this day is arranging a table of haft seen with ‘seven’ different dry fruits, a way the Ancient Persian culture used to celebrate diversity in the world. Seven fruits reflected HAFT KESHVAR (seven regions), the usual seven-fold division of the earth according to persian tradition. The tradition has survied till today, as a sign to celebrate diversity, and the day itself to welcome the colors of spring, as it seems to me, symbolizes that we welcome diversity of humankind in terms of different ethnic, tribal, religious, or social groups and a harmonious co-existence of them in our society. A time to make commitment that we are here to build our society that is based on priciples of pluralism, a commitment that reminds us that we are to engage with others, while keeping our own idendity in its confident place with those of others as we all walk together along the road to a better tommorrow.
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Sujjawal is a Pakistan based writer. He writes articles on Comparative Religions and Ismaili Philosophy.