TOPSHOT - Iraqi Kurds watch as fireworks light the sky  in the town of Akra, 500 km north of Baghdad, on March 20, 2017 during the Noruz spring festival celebrations. 
The Persian New Year is an ancient Zoroastrian tradition celebrated by Iranians and Kurds which coincides with the vernal (spring) equinox and is calculated by the solar calender.  / AFP PHOTO / SAFIN HAMED        (Photo credit should read SAFIN HAMED/AFP via Getty Images)