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Kabul Carnival -- Norouz Festivities In Afghanistan

A festive atmosphere descended over the Afghan capital on March 20 as Kabul residents welcomed the traditional New Year -- known as Norouz -- with typically lively celebrations.

People throng Kabul's streets to enjoy the New Year festivities.
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People throng Kabul's streets to enjoy the New Year festivities.

An Afghan National Army helicopter flies over the Sakhi Shrine in Kabul.
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An Afghan National Army helicopter flies over the Sakhi Shrine in Kabul.

Formal celebrations get underway at the Sakhi Shrine
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Formal celebrations get underway at the Sakhi Shrine

A boy sells balloons as the Norouz celebrations begin
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A boy sells balloons as the Norouz celebrations begin

Kabul families attend an amusement park to enjoy the festivities.
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Kabul families attend an amusement park to enjoy the festivities.

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Boys kiss a holy flag that is traditionally raised on Norouz to mark the New Year.
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Boys kiss a holy flag that is traditionally raised on Norouz to mark the New Year.

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Kabul men dance with each other as part of the Norouz celebrations.
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Kabul men dance with each other as part of the Norouz celebrations.

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