Samanu, Senjed, Sir and Somaq on the The Tehran Times Haft Seen (Nowruz Week)

March 20th, the beginning of Spring is the beginning of Iranian Calendar as well.

We make a table setting which is called Haft seen (seven “S”). Haft seen has seven items which each should start with the letter “S” in Farsi.

Sabzeh - (wheat, barley or lentil sprouts growing in a dish) - symbolizing rebirth

Samanu (a sweet pudding made from wheat germ) - symbolizing affluence

Senjed (the dried fruit of the oleaster tree) - symbolizing love

Sir (garlic) - symbolizing medicine

Sib (apples) - symbolizing beauty and health

Somaq (berries) - symbolizing (the color of) sunrise 

Serkeh (vinegar) - symbolizing age and patience

Additional items on the Haft Seen setting are:

Sekkeh (coin) - symbolizes wealth and prosperity

Sonbol (hyacinth) - a spring spring flower

Mahi (goldfish) - symbolizes life

Tokhmeh Morgh (egg) - symbolizes fertility Sham (candle): symbolizes enlightenment

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Turquoice Plitvice Lake, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the oldest national park in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia.

The national park was founded in 1949 and is situated in the mountainous karst area of central Croatia, at the border to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The important north-south road connection, which passes through the national park area, connects the Croatian inland with the Adriatic coastal region.

The protected area extends over 296.85 square kilometres (73,350 acres). About 90% of this area is part of Lika-Senj County, while the remaining 10% is part of Karlovac County.

In 1979, Plitvice Lakes National Park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage register among the first natural sites worldwide. Each year, more than 1.1 million visitors are recorded. Entrance is subject to variable charges, up to 180 kuna or around $32USD per adult in peak season. Strict regulations apply.

The national park is world famous for its lakes arranged in cascades. Currently, 16 lakes can be seen from the surface.[5] These lakes are a result of the confluence of several small rivers and subterranean karst rivers. The lakes are all interconnected and follow the water flow. They are separated by natural dams of travertine, which is deposited by the action of moss, algae, and bacteria. The particularly sensitive travertine barriers are the result of an interplay between water, air and plants. The encrusted plants and bacteria accumulate on top of each other, forming travertine barriers which grow at the rate of about 1 cm (0.4 in) per year.

The sixteen lakes are separated into an upper and lower cluster formed by runoff from the mountains, descending from an altitude of 636 to 503 m (2,087 to 1,650 ft) over a distance of some eight km, aligned in a south-north direction. The lakes collectively cover an area of about two square kilometres (0.77 square miles), with the water exiting from the lowest lake forming the Korana River.

The lakes are renowned for their distinctive colors, ranging from azure to green, grey or blue. The colors change constantly depending on the quantity of minerals or organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight.

Through different climatic influences and the large difference in elevation within the protected area, a multifaceted flora and fauna has been created. The national park area is home to many endemic species. Those species that prevailed at the lakes before the arrival of man still exist.

The name Plitvice was first mentioned in a written document in 1777 by Dominik Vukasović, the priest of Otočac.[6] This name was designated due to natural phenomena that have created the lakes. Nature formed shallow basins (Croatian pličina or plitvak, plitko means shallow), which have been filled with water. For centuries, water has changed the limestone and thus the landscape of this area. The emerging travertine barriers decelerated and retained the flowing water. The height of these dams is continuously growing.[7]

Some scientists refer to the river Plitvica as origin of the name. This little river flows into the Plitvice Lakes at the lower and final part of the lakes. A nearby village bears the same name. The water masses of the Plitvice Lakes continue as Korana river in northern direction.

The national park has become famous during the 1960s and 1970s through several Western film productions of Karl May novels. Many scenes have been shot at the lakes or waterfalls.

Jablanac (Ablana em italiano) pequena villa ao sul de Senj, na baia de Kvarner. / Jablanac (Ablana in italian) small village south in Kvarner bay.
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bukan dia kalau tidak berbicara, bukan dia kalau tidak menangis. bukan dia lagi kalau tidak bermanj. malam-mlm senj aku berdua, menunggu denda.
—  las night.