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Akra, Iraq: Iraqi Kurds holding torches walk up a mountain, draped in a large Kurdish flag as they celebrate the Nowruz spring festival. The Persian new year is an ancient Zoroastrian tradition celebrated by Iranians and Kurds, which coincides with the vernal (spring) equinox and is calculated by the solar calender Photograph: Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images

Celebrating the Persian new year in Iraq

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