Photos: Iranians Prepare for Nowruz

On March 20, Iranians will welcome the first day of spring and the Persian New Year. Nowruz, literally “New Day,” is Iran’s most widely celebrated holiday and has its roots in ancient Persia. The holiday is celebrated for two weeks, during which government offices, banks, and schools are closed for several days. The following is a sampling of photographs that capture the festive mood in the run-up to Nowruz.   


Sabzeh, sprouted wheat grass, symbolizes rebirth and renewal and is part of the haft seen table set for Nowruz. 


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