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Norouz Celebrations Welcome Spring Across The Region

As spring begins, so does the Persian New Year. The festival of Norouz, celebrated on March 20 and 21, coincides with the spring equinox. Throughout Central Asia, the Caucasus, and parts of the Middle East, people are planning family celebrations with food and music, and markets are bustling with shoppers preparing for the holiday.
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Tents are set up for the holiday of Amal Mayram, celebrated a few days before Norouz, in Kazakhstan's Mangystau region. 
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Tents are set up for the holiday of Amal Mayram, celebrated a few days before Norouz, in Kazakhstan's Mangystau region. 

Kazakhs in Mangystau share a festive meal for Amal Mayram. 
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Kazakhs in Mangystau share a festive meal for Amal Mayram. 

Food preparation in Mangystau
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Food preparation in Mangystau

Pre-Norouz shopping at Shohmansur market in Dushanbe, Tajikistan
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Pre-Norouz shopping at Shohmansur market in Dushanbe, Tajikistan

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