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Happy Norouz! Welcoming The Persian New Year

Norouz, the traditional Persian new year's celebration, heralds the arrival of spring throughout Central Asia, the Caucasus, and parts of the Middle East.
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Iraqi Kurds mark Norouz with a torch-lit procession up a mountain above the town of Aqrah, some 100 kilometers east of Mosul.
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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.
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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.
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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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A Kurdish woman dances around a bonfire in the Turkish town of Diyarbakir on March 21.

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