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Kashmir marks Persian New Year

The famed Tulip Garden in Srinagar (File photo)

Shahana Butt
Press TV, Indian-Controlled Kashmir

As the spring season begins in Kashmir, the earth turns lush green and the trees bear colorful blossoms with the sky visibly blue and waters clear and glassy. After a not-so-harsh winter this year, the people of Kashmir are welcoming the onset of Spring.

Nowruz or the Persian New Year marks the beginning of Spring and is celebrated on March 21. New trees are planted while people offer prayers and seek God's help for a prosperous year.

On the occasion of Nowruz, women in Kashmir prepare unique dishes made from lotus stem and fish.

On the occasion of Nowruz, the Kashmiri administration often organizes musical festivals to add fervor to the celebrations. People, especially children, visit these musical festivals in large numbers so that the year starts with cheerful memories. This year scores of tourists have also come to witness Kashmir's spring.

The early arrival of tourists has added a lot of positivity to Kashmir's tourism sector, which has been hit hard by years of political instability and turmoil. Persian culture is deeply rooted in Kashmir and celebrating Nowruz is a sign of its influence.

Nowruz marks a new beginning and after suffering decades of political instability and two years of the Covid pandemic, the people here are hoping for a return back to normal life and everlasting peace.

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