49 Beautiful Pictures Of Nowruz Celebrations Around The World

Nowruz Mubarak!

Nowruz is an ancient Persian festival that celebrates the beginning of spring and the start of the first day of the Persian calendar. The word itself translates literally as "new day." The holiday begins at the precise moment of the vernal equinox and is celebrated by over 300 million people worldwide, particularly by Iranians and Turkic populations.

Diyarbakir, Turkey

Frankfurt, Germany

Duzhnje, Kosovo

Los Angeles

Iranian-American volunteers serve food to homeless people on LA's Skid Row to celebrate Nowruz.

Astana, Kazakhstan

The La Linière refugee camp in Grande-Synthe, France

Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan

In the bottom right image, an Afghan woman kisses a religious flag as she celebrates at the shrine of Saint Sakhi Saib in Kabul.

Erbil, Iraq

In the bottom left image, people light sky lanterns to commemorate the civilians and peshmergas who lost their lives during clashes with ISIS terrorists.

Qamishli, Syria

Istanbul

Aksu, China

Vancouver, Canada

Lavrio, Greece

The hockey refugee camp Athens

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Tbilisi, Georgia

Aqrah, Iraq

Iraqi Kurds climb a mountain decorated with a huge Kurdish flag as they celebrate Nowroz.

Kirkuk, Iraq

Left: Seven types of gifts, including fruits or dried fruits, are served on a special tray. Right: A man dressed up as the Green Kosa, who is believed to prevent famine and unhappiness and bring plentifulness and happiness for the whole year, performs near a fire during Nowruz.

Baku, Azerbaijan

Tehran

Top: An Iranian boy dressed as Haji Firouz, which is the traditional herald of Nowruz, walks among cars to collect money. Bottom left: Iranian women buy colorful eggs as part of tradition. Bottom right: Iranians walk through Tajrish traditional bazaar in northern Tehran behind baskets of grass shoots, a Nowruz tradition.

Beirut, Lebanon