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49 Beautiful Pictures Of Nowruz Celebrations Around The World

Nowruz Mubarak!

Last updated on July 3, 2018, at 2:04 p.m. ET

Posted on March 23, 2017, at 6:51 p.m. ET

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

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Frankfurt, Germany

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Duzhnje, Kosovo

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The Kosovo dervish community carries on centuries-old mystical practices such as self-piercing with needles and knives as a way to earn salvation and find the path to God.
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The Kosovo dervish community carries on centuries-old mystical practices such as self-piercing with needles and knives as a way to earn salvation and find the path to God.

Los Angeles

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

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Astana, Kazakhstan

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The La Linière refugee camp in Grande-Synthe, France

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Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan

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

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Erbil, Iraq

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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

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Istanbul

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Aksu, China

Men carry their wives in a race during the celebration of Nowruz.
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Men carry their wives in a race during the celebration of Nowruz.

Vancouver, Canada

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Lavrio, Greece

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The hockey refugee camp Athens

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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

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Tbilisi, Georgia

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Aqrah, Iraq

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

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Kirkuk, Iraq

Kurdish Peshmerga forces celebrate Nowwroz, marking spring and the new year on March 20.
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Kurdish Peshmerga forces celebrate Nowwroz, marking spring and the new year on March 20.

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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

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Tehran

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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

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