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Nowruz festivals mark new year


People across central Asia have been marking Nowruz, the start of the new year, which has been celebrated for 3,000 years.

This year, the United Nations General Assembly recognised Nowruz as a national holiday.

BBC Persian Television's Jiyar Gol went to Akre, a small Kurdish Iraqi town near the Iranian border to find out more.

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