A "Taste" of Religious Diversity

March 28, 2002

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On March 28, 2002, The Columbus Dispatch featured a story in the weekend section about a local Persian restaurant, Nanak Sweet Shoppe & Cafe. The article explained, "In keeping with a Persian [Zoroastrian] tradition that predates Islam, the owners are observing the new year -- Now Rooz -- that began with the first day of spring. Part of the observance involves the preparation of a ritual plate of seven items symbolic of life whose Persian names begin with 's' -- sprouted wheat and herbs (sabzi), apples (sib), garlic (sir), sumac, vinegar (sarkh), sweet pudding (samanoo) and coins (sekeh)."