Nowruz festival marks 100 years of Afghan independence

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Afghans have been taking part in Nowruz new year celebrations, which have coincided with the country’s centenary of independence. Stefanie Glinski visited the northern city of Mazar-e-sharif to photograph the festivities

Huge crowds have gathered on the streets of Afghanistan to join Nowruz new year/spring equinox celebrations, which in 2019 coincide with the country’s centenary of independence.

Security was tight during Nowruz celebrations in Mazar-e-Sharif, where hundreds of police and military personnel where deployed

Women outside the famous Blue mosque in Mazar-e-Sharif

Children have joined their mothers on the women’s section of the Blue mosque

Women pray and cry at the shrine of Hazrat Ali, a pilgrimage site for Sunni and Shia Muslims. Many have travelled far to celebrate the new year and reflect on the hardships of the previous 12 months

I only hope for peace. It hasn’t been easy, but we’re choosing to celebrate this week

Children enjoy picnics and ice-cream during Nowruz celebrations

Rostam, 45, from Sar-e-Pol Province, performs a Pashto dance in Mazar-e-Sharif to celebrate the new year.

Men sit in the stadium, watching the the last buzkashi game of the season

Buzkashi attracts large crowds of men – not a single female was watching

Families head to the foothills of the Hindu Kush mountains, just outside Mazar-e-Sharif city, where they have picnics and listen to music

Palau is a traditional meal of rice, meat and vegetables, while Nowruz is a salad made from seven dried fruits

Boys take to the hills surrounding Kabul, where they fly homemade and shop-bought kites

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