Nowruz Is Celebrated In Turkey

Nowruz: Celebrating Persian New Year

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Nowruz (which means 'new day') is an ancient Persian festival, widely celebrated across the Middle East, Central Asia, and many communities around the world, and marks the first day of spring.

Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey Chris McGrath/Getty Images Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey The Persian New Year is an ancient tradition which coincides with the vernal (spring) equinox and is calculated by the solar calendar. Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey Chris McGrath/Getty Images Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey It is observed for a period of two weeks, during which families and friends get together, dance, and share traditional foods. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Alexander Pisarenko/TASS Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Tajrish, Tehran Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images Tajrish, Tehran The table is often the center of celebrations. In Iran, seven symbolic items are placed on the table. This is called Haft-Seen, and ingredients include Sabzeh, which symbolizes rebirth, and Senjed, which represents love. Hisor, Tajikistan Nozim Kalandarov/TASS Hisor, Tajikistan Istanbul, Turkey Yasin Akgul/AFP/Getty Images Istanbul, Turkey Another tradition is jumping over bonfires. Hisor, Tajikistan Nozim Kalandarov/TASS Hisor, Tajikistan Qamishli, Syria Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images Qamishli, Syria The festivities came only days after Turkey-backed militias took over the Kurdish enclave in Afrin, Syria. Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey NurPhoto via Getty Images Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey Dohuk, Iraq Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Dohuk, Iraq Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey Chris McGrath/Getty Images Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey
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