Nowruz, Iranian New Year, celebrates spring.

Spring began on Monday, and Nowruz celebrations began.

Nowruz, the Persian New Year, means "new day" and represents rejuvenation for its more than 300 million

celebrants in Iran and beyond. Middle Eastern and Asian countries have celebrated the festival.

The two-week celebration features food, dancing, singing, and poetry.

Nowruz will fall during Ramadan, when Muslims fast during the day.

About 3,000 years old, Nowruz Nowruz's origins are unknown, although it's old.

The vernal equinox—when the Sun crosses the Earth's equator—may have been a Babylonian practice for celebrating the new year.

Yet, Nowruz may have roots in Zoroastrianism, one of the world's oldest religions, which is practiced in Persia, India, and North America.

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