Central Asian states celebrate Nawruz


ASTANA -- Central Asian countries celebrated Nawruz Tuesday (March 20), local media reported Wednesday (March 21).

The non-religious holiday, which is celebrated March 19-21 depending on the spring equinox, pre-dates Islam.

Nonetheless, the atheistic Soviet regime prohibited it in all Central Asian states and in Azerbaijan. Kazakhstan restored the holiday in March 1991, nine months before the Soviet collapse.

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