Sofreh SYMBOLS

Sofreh Aghd Elements

  

  • The Blessed Bread: Specially baked bread decorated with calligraphy.  Naan-o Paneer-o Sabzi": Bread, feta cheese, and herbs placed on the spread to symbolize sustenance, and traditionally served to guests after the ceremony.
     
  • Prayer Rug: A prayer rug (Jaa-ye Namaaz) or a traditional Iranian Termeh is placed in the center of the wedding spread. The prayer carpet also includes a small cube of clay with prayers written on it (Mohr) and a rosary (Tasbih). Non-Muslim families may or may not omit the prayer kit. 


  • The Sacred Text: The Avesta, Bible, Qur’an or Torah is placed in front of the couple on the spread. Some families also add a book of poetry such as Rumi, Hafez, or the Shahnameh. 


  • Esphand: The esphand and frankincense are sprinkled on a brazier holding hot coals producing a smoke to ward off any negative energies in the air.


  • Honey: A symbol of sweetness. Immediately after the couple is married, they each dip a pinky finger in the cup of honey and feed it to one another. 


  • Shakh-e-Nabat: A bowl made out of rock candy. 


  • The seven herbs: Khashkhash (poppy seeds), Berenj (rice), Sabzi khoshk (Angelica), Namak (Salt), Raziyane (Nigella seeds), Cha’I ( black tea leaves) and Kondor ( Frankincense).


  • Persian Rose Water: A cup of rose water and a rose extracted from the Gol-e-Mohammadi.


  • The Seven Pastries: Noghl, Baklava, Toot (Persian marzipan), Naan-e Bereneji (rice cookies), Naan-e Badami (almond cookies), Naan-Nokhodchi (chickpea cookie) and Sohan Asali (saffron almond brittle) are placed on the spread and traditionally served to the guests after the ceremony.


  • Unity Cloth: A scarf or shawl made out of a fine fabric is held over the couple’s head (who are sitting by the Sofreh) by female friends or relatives.


  • Seven Pastries: Noghl, Baklava, Toot (Persian marzipan), Naan-e Bereneji (rice cookies), Naan-e Badami (almond cookies), Naan-Nokhodchi (chickpea cookie) and Sohan Asali (saffron almond brittle) are placed on the spread and traditionally served to the guests after the ceremony.


  • Needle & Thread:  With a needle threaded with two threads, representing bride and groom, a few stitches are sewn into the unity cloth to symbolize the binding of their destinies.


  • Decorated eggs: Symbols of fertility.


  • Decorated nuts: Almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts in the shell to symbolize fertility.


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