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In Picture: Norouz  - Persian New Year Festival 

 

21 March 2006

 

 

 

People across Central Asia are celebrating Norouz, the beginning of the year according to the Persian calendar.

 

The first day of spring, or vernal equinox, Norouz is a time for new clothes, family visits and fires - which some people jump over to banish darkness.

 

Afghan horsemen mark the occasion with a traditional game of Buzkashi - when players show their prowess by grabbing a headless carcass of a goat or calf.

 

A major tradition is the display of the Haft Seen - seven things beginning with S in the Farsi language or other symbols of life such as goldfish.

 

 

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