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Happy Norouz! Welcoming The Persian New Year
March 21, 2017
Norouz, the traditional Persian new year's celebration, heralds the arrival of spring throughout Central Asia, the Caucasus, and parts of the Middle East.
Iraqi Kurds mark Norouz with a torch-lit procession up a mountain above the town of Aqrah, some 100 kilometers east of Mosul.
The torch-lit procession snakes up the mountainside.
An Afghan girl looks out a window at Norouz festivities happening in the courtyard of the Hazrat-e-Ali Shrine in Mazar-e Sharif.
A Kurdish woman dances around a bonfire in the Turkish town of Diyarbakir on March 21.
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