The Mirror (Ayaneh)
The mirror is traditionally one of the first items purchased when a couple decides to be married. It elegantly sits at the very head of the wedding table. It is not a passing purchase – flowers at the wedding table may fade, sweets may be eaten, but the Ayaneh will stay with the couple forever. Once the wedding is over, the mirror is generally placed on display in the home of the couple, and it remains a treasured possession all of their lives. My own wedding mirror is often the centerpiece of our Persian New Year (Nowruz) Sofreh, sometimes also called the Haft Sin.
Why such importance? Because of its meaning and its symbolism; the Ayaneh incarnates light and truth. The Ayaneh is positioned directly in line with the couple as they sit at the opposite end of the wedding table, and their reflection in the mirror radiates the light of their love back to them. The presence of the light is also said to symbolically “brighten up” the bride and groom and their future life as bride and groom.
The mirror also represents another sort of light – the light of .....
There are ancient Persian traditions surrounding each item of the Persian Wedding Table. Learn the further meaning, symbolism and etiquette not only of the Mirror but every item on the wedding table in The Full Digital Guide: The Sofreh Aghd: Items, Meaning and Symbolism .
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- What is the other symbolic meaning of the Mirror?
- Why is it important in Ancient Persian tradition to be unveiled at the Sofreh Aghd and not before?
- Why is the mirror one of the most significant parts of the Wedding Ceremony for the Bride & Groom?