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Bread, Cheese, Green Herbs

Naan-o-Paneer-o-Sabzi

 

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Naan-o-Paneer-o-Sabzi is a placement of bread, cheese (generally feta cheese) and herbs (or simply greens). Strict traditionalists limit the greenery to traditional Persian sabzi: parsley, cilantro, green onions, mint, and of course beautiful varieties of lettuce.

The trinity of bread, cheese, herbs (and, always, green herbs) convey multiple meanings; the white cheese is said to represent purity, and the items overall express the wish for good health for the couple.  Naan-o-Paneer-o-Sabzi symbolizes basics, fundamentals, foundations. But principally Naan-o-Paneer-o-Sabzi symbolizes community.

Traditionally Naan-o-Paneer-o-Sabzi is served to the guests at the end of the ceremony. The intent is to express that happy times are shared. All those present want to share their happiness with the couple, and the couple wants to share their happiness as well. The sharing of the bread, cheese and herbs express this, and it’s said to increase the luck and good health of the couple and all who wish them well. Like the rock candy, having  the naan-o-paneer-o-sabzi is said to significantly increase your luck.

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