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March 21, 2013
Afghans celebrate Nowruz 2013

Thousands of Afghans celebrated Nowruz on Thursday, March 21, 2013, marking the first day of spring and the beginning of the year on the Iranian calendar. Nowruz is also widely referred to as the "Persian New Year".

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Hundreds of Afghans wait to see the holy flag at the Kart-e Sakhi mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, March 21, 2013. Afghanistan celebrates Nowruz, marking the first day of spring and the beginning of the year on the Iranian calendar. AP / Anja Niedringhaus
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Afghan policemen stand guard near the Kart-e Sakhi mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, March 21, 2013. AP / Ali Hamed Haghdoust
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Hundreds of Afghans line up the hill overlooking the Kart-e Sakhi mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, March 21, 2013. AP / Anja Niedringhaus
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Hundreds of Afghans line up the hill overlooking the Kart-e Sakhi mosque to see the holy flag in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, March 21, 2013. AP / Anja Niedringhaus
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An Afghan policeman guards, near the Kart-e Sakhi mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, March 21, 2013. AP / Ali Hamed Haghdoust
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A balloon seller walks across the graveyard outside the Kart-e Sakhi mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, March 21, 2013, as Afghans celebrate Nowruz, marking the first day of spring and the beginning of the year in the Iranian calendar. AP / Ahmad Jamshid
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Afghan men wait to see the holy flag, at the Kart-e Sakhi mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, March 21, 2013. AP / Ali Hamed Haghdoust
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Hundreds of Afghan men wait holy flag to be risen at the Blue Mosque, Afghanistan, Thursday, March 21, 2013. AP / Mustafa Najafizada
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Afghan men wait to see the holy flag, at the Kart-e Sakhi mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, March 21, 2013. AP / Ali Hamed Haghdoust
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An Afghan man helps raise the holy flag, the Kart-e Sakhi mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, March 21, 2013. According to local belief, the country's fortune in the New Year depends on the ability of the men to erect the pole. AP / Ahmad Jamshid
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Afghan men raise the holy flag during Nowruz, at the Kart-e Sakhi mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, March 21, 2013. AP / Ali Hamed Haghdoust
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Hundreds of Afghans line up the hill overlooking the Kart-e Sakhi mosque to see the holy flag in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, March 21, 2013. AP / Anja Niedringhaus
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Hundreds of Afghans line up the hill overlooking the Kart-e Sakhi mosque to see the holy flag in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, March 21, 2013. AP / Anja Niedringhaus
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Hundreds of Afghans line up the hill overlooking the Kart-e Sakhi mosque to see the holy flag in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, March 21, 2013. AP / Anja Niedringhaus
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Afghan policemen try to get the crowd under control who are trying to get a glimpse of the holy flag at the Kart-e Sakhi mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, March 21, 2013. AP / Anja Niedringhaus
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Afghans gather during the celebration of Nowruz, near the Kart-e Sakhi mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, March 21, 2013. AP / Ali Hamed Haghdoust
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Afghan men celebrate Nowruz, at the Kart-e Sakhi mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, March 21, 2013. AP / Ali Hamed Haghdoust
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An Afghan boy dances during Nowruz near the Kart-e Sakhi mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, March 21, 2013. AP / Ali Hamed Haghdoust
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Afghan children attend Nowruz celebrations, near the Kart-e Sakhi mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, March 21, 2013. AP / Ali Hamed Haghdoust
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Afghan policemen follow the raising of the holy flag at the Kart-e Sakhi mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, March 21, 2013. AP / Anja Niedringhaus
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An Afghan policeman secures the Kart-e Sakhi mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, March 21, 2013. AP / Anja Niedringhaus
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An Afghan Army soldier secures the hill overlooking the Kart-e Sakhi mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, March 20, 2013. AP / Ahmad Jamshid
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An Afghan woman buys meat at a butcher's shop a day before the celebration of the Persian New Year Nowruz in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, March 20, 2013. AP / Ali Hamed Haghdoust
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Traffic fills a street, before the celebration of the Persian New Year Nowruz in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, March 20, 2013. AP / Ali Hamed Haghdoust
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Afghans shop at an open air market a day before the celebration of the Persian New Year Nowruz in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, March 20, 2013. AP / Ali Hamed Haghdoust

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