What is Nowruz Spring Holiday and How It’s Celebrated Around the Globe

People gather around colourful eggs in Tehran's Azadi Square as they celebrate Nowruz.

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People gather around colourful eggs in Tehran's Azadi Square as they celebrate Nowruz.

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An Afghan family sits around food laid out on a table inside their home in celebrations ahead of Nowruz which marks the Afghan New Year, in Herat.

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An Afghan family sits around food laid out on a table inside their home in celebrations ahead of Nowruz which marks the Afghan New Year, in Herat.

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Iraqi Kurds celebrate Nowruz in the town of Akra in Iraq's northern autonomous Kurdish region.

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Iraqi Kurds celebrate Nowruz in the town of Akra in Iraq's northern autonomous Kurdish region.

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Iraqi Kurds holding lit torches walk up a mountain during celebrations of Nowruz.

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Iraqi Kurds holding lit torches walk up a mountain during celebrations of Nowruz.

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Millions of people across the Middle East, Asia and Eastern Europe celebrate Nowruz New Year festival.

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Millions of people across the Middle East, Asia and Eastern Europe celebrate Nowruz New Year festival.

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In Persian tradition Nowruz is also a day to honor the ultimate ruler – Shahinshah (King of Kings).

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In Persian tradition Nowruz is also a day to honor the ultimate ruler – Shahinshah (King of Kings).

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A girl holds in her hands semeni – wheat sprouted in a plate at the celebration of Nowruz in Kazan.

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A girl holds in her hands semeni – wheat sprouted in a plate at the celebration of Nowruz in Kazan.

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Nowruz marks the rejuvenation of nature and humanity.

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Nowruz marks the rejuvenation of nature and humanity.

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Girl dances during a celebration of Nowruz in Kazan.

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Girl dances during a celebration of Nowruz in Kazan.

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Cooking shish kebabs at Nowruz celebrations in Baku.

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Cooking shish kebabs at Nowruz celebrations in Baku.

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Fire is important part of Nowruz since it means purification.

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Fire is important part of Nowruz since it means purification.

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