“Norouz” literally means new day and is a Zoroastrian celebration that is over 3,500 years old and originated in the Middle East. Its basis, like many other ancient religions, is in nature, which of course includes many foods that serve a symbolic purpose. What I love most about celebrating Norouz is how my connection with food deepens far beyond food’s role as a form of sustenance. For example, major centre piece to the Norouz celebration is the “haft seen” (literally seven s’s), which is a spread of food, each of which has specific symbolic meaning. For example, values aspired to by human nature such as wealth (sekeh or coin); rebirth and growth (sabzeh or sprouts); patience (serkeh or vinegar); health (seeb or apple); the sun’s energy (somagh or sumac berries); love (senjed or lotus tree fruit); and medicine (seer or garlic) take the form of food. The haft seen is displayed for a thirteen day long celebration, a constant reminder that we are only as valuable as the natural world can support us. For thirteen days, families and friends visit each other, sharing meals together, where love is as synonymous as grandmother giving you another ladle of herbed rice. What a way to usher in the spring!