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Afghanistan Springs Into New Year

Nowruz, one of the biggest festivals of the war-scarred nation, marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the year in the Persian calendar.
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Revelers gather around the holy mace in front the Hazrat-e-Ali shrine for Nowruz festivities which marks the Afghan new year in Mazar-e-Sharif on Friday. Nowruz, one of the biggest festivals of the war-scarred nation, marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the year in the Persian calendar.FARSHAD USYAN / AFP - Getty Images

Revelers gather around the holy mace in front the Hazrat-e-Ali shrine for Nowruz festivities, marking the Afghan New Year, in Mazar-e-Sharif on Friday. Nowruz, one of the biggest festivals in the war-scarred nation, marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the year in the Persian calendar.

An Afghan man manages to place his forehead on the holy mace after struggling with other believers during Nowruz festivities on Friday.ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFP - Getty Images
Afghan boys watch adult men struggle to reach the holy mace to kiss it in front of the Sakhi shrine in Kabul on Friday.ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFP - Getty Images
An Afghan man leads two girls dressed alike by the hand as they leave the Sahki Shrine during Nowruz festivities in Kabul on Friday.ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFP - Getty Images