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Iraqis dance during Norooz festival at a park in central Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, March 21, 2010. Nowruz, the Farsi-language word for "new year", is an ancient Persian festival, celebrated on the first day of spring in countries including Iraq, Turkey, Afghanistan and Iran. The festival is mainly a Kurdish event in Iraq and Turkey. The festival is a symbolic opportunity to purify the soul for the new year and symbolizes revival and is marked by spring cleaning, buying new clothes and planting trees. March 21, the first day of spring, marks Nowruz.(AP )
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