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19 Beautiful Pictures From Celebrations Of The Persian New Year

Nowruz, meaning "new day" in Persian, is a secular holiday to mark the start of spring and the new year on the Iranian calendar.

Posted on March 21, 2014, at 2:59 p.m. ET

1. Tehran, Iran

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Tehran's old main bazaar bustles with activity, as vendors and shopkeepers work and wait for customers preparing for Nowruz.

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Iranians traditionally decorate a ceremonial table of Nowruz with goldfish, wheat grass, candles, mirrors, and other symbolic items.

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A traditional Haft Sin.

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A man dressed as a traditional character 'Haji Firouz' heralds in Nowruz.

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An elderly Iranian woman looks at the graves of soldiers who were killed during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war.

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10. Kabul, Afghanistan

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13. Erbil, Iraq

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Iraqi Kurds celebrate in Erbil, in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq.

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17. Akra, Iraq

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