Tuesday, 16 January 2007


Afghan pilgrims and feeds the pigeonns all so celebrate Nowroz (New Year), on March 21st, at the Blue Mosque, with the tomb of Ali, central Mazar-e-Sharif, Balkh province, Afghanistan.
Since decades in Afghanistan, it is celebrated with community gatherings and special meals. During Taliban regime, Nowroz celebration was banned in most of the country as it was considered as un-Islamic.
Nowroz, new day or New Year as the Iranians call it, is a celebration of spring Equinox on March, 21st. It has been celebrated by all the major cultures of ancient Mesopotamia. Sumerians, in Southern Persia, and Central Asia. Nowroz has been celebrated for at least 3000 years and is deeply rooted in the traditions of Zoroastrian belief system.

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