Up to 200 million people are celebrating the Persian New Year’s Day, or Norouz, which starts at midnight on the 21st of March.
It is widely celebrated in Iran, Afghanistan and central Asian republics.
Gatherings of friends and family are important, and also the food which is symbolic.
For example the food known as the the Haft Sin, is made up of seven different elements starting with the letter “S”. Each one of them represents something. For example, apple represents the Goddess of Femininity.