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Peshmerga celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year

The Persian New Year is an ancient Zoroastrian tradition celebrated by Iranians and Kurds which coincides with the vernal (spring) equinox and is calculated by the lunar calender.

Peshmerga celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year
Iranian Kurdish Peshmerga members of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of (KDP-Iran), perform a traditional dance as they celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year, in the town of Koya, 100 kms north of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on March 19, 2016. The Persian New Year is an ancient Zoroastrian tradition celebrated by Iranians and Kurds which coincides with the vernal (spring) equinox and is calculated by the lunar calender. (SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)
Peshmerga celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year
Iranian Kurdish women perform a traditional dance as they celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year, in the town of Koya, 100 kms north of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on March 19, 2016. The Persian New Year is an ancient Zoroastrian tradition celebrated by Iranians and Kurds which coincides with the vernal (spring) equinox and is calculated by the lunar calender. (SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)
Peshmerga celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year
Iranian Kurdish Peshmerga members of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of (KDP-Iran), perform a traditional dance as they celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year, in the town of Koya, 100 kms north of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on March 19, 2016. The Persian New Year is an ancient Zoroastrian tradition celebrated by Iranians and Kurds which coincides with the vernal (spring) equinox and is calculated by the lunar calender. (SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)
Peshmerga celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year
Iranian Kurdish Peshmerga members of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of (KDP-Iran), take part in a training ahead of Nowruz, the Persian New Year, in the town of Koya, 100 kms north of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on March 19, 2016. The Persian New Year is an ancient Zoroastrian tradition celebrated by Iranians and Kurds which coincides with the vernal (spring) equinox and is calculated by the lunar calender. (SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)
Peshmerga celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year
Iranian Kurdish Peshmerga members of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of (KDP-Iran), take part in a training as they prepare to celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year, in the town of Koya, 100 kms north of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on March 19, 2016. The Persian New Year is an ancient Zoroastrian tradition celebrated by Iranians and Kurds which coincides with the vernal (spring) equinox and is calculated by the lunar calender. (SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)
Peshmerga celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year
Iranian Kurdish Peshmerga members of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of (KDP-Iran), light a bonfire as they celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year, in the town of Koya, 100 kms north of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on March 19, 2016. The Persian New Year is an ancient Zoroastrian tradition celebrated by Iranians and Kurds which coincides with the vernal (spring) equinox and is calculated by the lunar calender. (SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)
Peshmerga celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year
Iranian Kurdish Peshmerga members of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of (KDP-Iran), walk in the town of Koya, 100 kms north of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on March 19, 2016, ahead of Nowruz, the Persian New Year, celebrations. The Persian New Year is an ancient Zoroastrian tradition celebrated by Iranians and Kurds which coincides with the vernal (spring) equinox and is calculated by the lunar calender. (SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)
Peshmerga celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year
Iranian Kurdish Peshmerga members of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of (KDP-Iran), take part in a training as they prepare to celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year, in the town of Koya, 100 kms north of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on March 19, 2016. The Persian New Year is an ancient Zoroastrian tradition celebrated by Iranians and Kurds which coincides with the vernal (spring) equinox and is calculated by the lunar calender. (SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)
Peshmerga celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year
Iranian Kurdish Peshmerga members of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of (KDP-Iran), take part in a training as they prepare to celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year, in the town of Koya, 100 kms north of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on March 19, 2016. The Persian New Year is an ancient Zoroastrian tradition celebrated by Iranians and Kurds which coincides with the vernal (spring) equinox and is calculated by the lunar calender. (SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)
Peshmerga celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year
Iranian Kurdish Peshmerga members of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of (KDP-Iran), take part in a training as they prepare to celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year, in the town of Koya, 100 kms north of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on March 19, 2016. The Persian New Year is an ancient Zoroastrian tradition celebrated by Iranians and Kurds which coincides with the vernal (spring) equinox and is calculated by the lunar calender. (SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)