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Afghans celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year

Nowruz, the Persian New Year, has been celebrated for over 3,000 years. Coinciding with the spring equinox, it is marked in parts of the Balkans, the Black Sea Basin, the Caucasus, Central Asia, the Middle East and other regions. 

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A musician plays an instrument called a dombura at a celebration of Nowruz, the Persian New Year, in Kabul, Afghanistan on March 20, 2012.

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A couple sits on a hill overlooking a celebration of the Nowruz at the Kart-e-Sakhi shrine in Kabul on March 20, 2012.

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Afghan security forces block a road leading to the Sakhi Shrine in Kabul on March 20, 2012.

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Men raise an Islamic flag called "Alam" at the Sakhi Shrine in Kabul on March 20, 2012.

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A boy dances at a celebration of Nowruz in Kabul on March 20, 2012.