The Arrival of Spring

Happy spring friends! In addition to being a fantastic season for beautiful flowers, the first day of spring has a special significance to me as it is also Persian New Year (Norouz). So, between work, getting ready for our new year's celebrations, and having my sweet aunt visiting me from Iran after 23 years, it has been quite busy in my home. But, truth be told, I couldn't ask for a better way to be busy. Here are some pictures showing how we began preparing for Norouz in my home this year. First, we colored some eggs for a table (the "Haft-Seen") that we decorate in anticipation of the new year. / Kiana Underwood / Kiana Underwood / Kiana Underwood

The one quality I love about our new year is that it has no affiliation with Islam, and it is purely a tradition that has been passed down from one generation to another since the time that Persians were Zoroastrians. Every thing that you see on my table has a meaning and symbolizes the wish(es) that we have for the new year. The apple represents health, the goldfish symbolize good fortune, the hyacinth is a symbol of beauty and rebirth, eggs stand for fertility, and the vinegar is a symbol of patience and wisdom. / Kiana Underwood

Say "hello" to Bobby and Strawberry - the newest members of the Underwood family (although we're not sure how long they will last). / Kiana Underwood

To me, tradition is everything and I am so glad to be able to pass down such a beautiful custom down to my children, and I am hopeful that they cherish and honor it for many years to come! / Kiana Underwood