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The Herald Of Norouz Comes To Iran

People throughout the Middle East, Caucasus, and Central Asia are preparing to celebrate Norouz, the Persian New Year, which marks the beginning of spring on March 20-21. In many countries, a costumed character appears in public to greet the holiday with song and dance. This herald of Norouz is known as Haji Firuz in Iran. The character is often played by low-income workers from small towns who travel to the cities to earn extra money with their performances. (Photos by Behrouz Mehri of AFP) (7 PHOTOS)