Across Iran, Central Asia, and parts of South Asia and the Middle East, March 20 marks Norouz, the beginning of spring and the new year. People celebrate with spring cleaning, symbols of rebirth and renewal, and of course, traditional Norouz cuisine.
RFE/RL video journalists captured short snapshots of Norouz celebrations in their home countries, from sharing flowers with neighbors to cooking up herb-filled pastries. WATCH: In Tajik villages, children go from door to door on the eve of Norouz presenting the first flowers of spring to their neighbors in exchange for food and candy.
WATCH: Uzbeks celebrate Norouz with one of their national dishes, kok-samsa, a meat and vegetable pie seasoned with fresh mint. WATCH: Kazakh cooks prepare Norouz-Kuzhe, a healthy spring dish made of seven grains and cereals that is eaten during the weeks surrounding the holiday.