Across central Asia, people have been marking Nowruz, the start of the new year in the Persian calendar. Chris de Bruyn photographed these people celebrating Nowruz in Suleimaniya, Iraqi Kurdistan.
"As soon as the sun went down, the fireworks started." Photo: Chris de Bruyn.
Kurdish men dance to traditional music at the popular tourist spot of Ahmed Awa near Suleimaniya, Iraqi Kurdistan. Photo: Chris de Bruyn
Ahmed Awa, near the Iranian border is a popular destination for picnics at Nowruz. Photo: Chris de Bruyn.
Bonfires were also lit in Iran. Manaz Ganji photographed these fires from her parents' 18th floor apartment in a private estate in central Tehran.
These green shoots on sale in Tehran are part of another tradition. They can contribute to a table display, known as Haft Seen, showing seven things beginning with S in Farsi that represent symbols of life. Photo: Manaz Ganji.
A Haft Seen display in a Tehran supermarket. Manaz took this photo to show how Nowruz has become a public event once again. "After the revolution, the regime said Nowruz was 'for kings'. Now they say it's for everyone."
This market trader in Urmia, north west Iran has his own basket of green shoots alongside his lemons for sale. Photo: Mojtaba Hadian.
Mojtaba Hadian photographed this trader in Urmia selling goldfish for Nowruz. "Some people believe goldfish bring good luck," he says.
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