Nowruz 2017 in pictures: Iranian New Year Celebrations Across World
Nowruz marks the beginning of spring and the Iranian New Year is the most important event in the Iranian calendar.
The word Nowruz comes from two Persian words: 'now' for new and 'ruz' for day. The celebrations herald the return of spring and the start of a year.
In Iran, schools and universities remain closed for 14 days on the occasion.
Nowruz is widely celebrated in different forms across the world, especially in Iraq, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan with large family gatherings, gifts for children, buying new clothes, dancing, visiting friends and neighbours and feasting on special foods. This year is no different.
Here are some pictures of Nowruz celebrations from different countries.