PHOTOS: Spring Equinox Marked With Fire, Druids, More

 PHOTOS: Equinox Ceremonies Send In the Spring
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Near 'Aqrah, Iraq, March 20, 2007--Torch-bearing Kurds gather in the countryside to celebrate Nowruz in Iraq, where the Persian vernal equinox celebration is marked by fire, dancing, music—and journeys into the wilderness.

Under Saddam Hussein's regime, the traditional Kurdish celebration had been banned. In 2003 Iraq's new Shiite leaders declared the day a public holiday.

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