The town of Akre, the capital of Newroz, lit up on Monday evening as fireworks filled its skies with over a hundred thousand people in the area to celebrate the Kurdish New Year by lighting fires. Despite the cold and windy weather, 2,723 torches were lit in Akre for the occasion as a youth made their way up to the mountain with enthusiasm and pride to celebrate 2,723 years of Newroz.

Newroz originated in Persia in the religious tradition of Zoroastrianism. During Newroz, there are special foods, fireworks, dancing, singing, and poetry recitations. Families spend the day in the country, enjoying nature and the new growth of spring.

Parking location – Akre: 36.750931N 43.883982E