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21 Mar 2013 14:34 GMT
Newroz, which means "new day" in Kurdish, marks the arrival of spring.
Amid Newroz celebrations in Turkey, Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan issued a long-awaited ceasefire declaration in the country.
Kurdish public celebrations were illegal in Turkey until 2000.
Newroz, which falls on March 21, is also celebrated in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran and Tajikistan.
Wearing their traditional costumes, Kyrgyz girls dance at the Ala-Too Square in Bishkek.
A parade was held in New York in commemoration of Newroz.
Demonstrators wave pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party flags during a rally to celebrate the spring festival in Istanbul.
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