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Afghanistan Springs Into New Year

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

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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.

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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

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