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Nowruz celebrations in Kashmir

Shahana Butt
Press TV, Kashmir

 

People in Indian-administered Kashmir are in a festive mood with the arrival of spring after witnessing prolonged lockdowns and a harsh winter. 

For decades now people of Kashmir haven’t witnessed any celebrations; the conflict in the region has always spoiled their joy and happiness. However, when it comes to the Nowruz festival which marks the beginning of spring, hope for a better tomorrow gives people of this war-weary region a chance to rejoice.

Now, people have gathered in the heart of Kashmir’s capital city of Srinagar where almond trees are blossoming to mark the arrival of spring.

Youngsters are busy clicking on images and filling their social media timelines, while others are enjoying the beauty of fresh blooms. And to add to this glory, Kashmir’s administration has organized a concert.

Nowruz, a Persian tradition of welcoming spring, became part of the culture of Kashmir after Persian scholars and saints came to Kashmir and preached Islamic teachings centuries ago. Since then, Kashmir and Persia have shared many similarities, including Food.

At ‘the Little Persia’, friends and families have gathered in Kashmir’s only ‘Persian food serving’ restaurant to celebrate the occasion of Nawruz. The owner says the practice aims to retain the fantastic culture of Persia through food.

Picturesque Kashmir, known as the ‘Venice of east’ attracts tourists from round the globe. However decades of turmoil and now the Covid-19 pandemic have pushed the region’s economy to its ever lowest.

Nowruz symbolizes hope, revival and life. Kashmiri people say no one other than those suffering in this world would realize the importance of a new beginning. And they only hope to see their spring season last long.


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