Eide Shoma Mobarak! The vernal equinox marks the beginning of Nowruz, a 13-day festival in observation of the Persian new year. Nowruz honors the beginning of spring and the rejuvenation of nature, and is celebrated in countries throughout the Middle East, Caucasus, and Central Asia.
Photo: Wall tile from Damascus, Syria, ca. 16th century CE, obj. NEP51—soon to be on display in our upcoming...
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