Turkish Kurds welcome spring amid increased security after recent blasts

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Turkish Kurds welcome spring amid increased security after recent blasts
TOPSHOT - A woman takes a selfie picture with her mobile phone as Turkish Kurds gather during Newroz celebrations in Diyarbakir, on March 21, 2016. Nowruz, the Farsi-language word for 'New Year', is an ancient Persian festival, celebrated on the first day of spring, on March 21, in Central Asian republics, Iraq, Turkey, Afghanistan and Iran. / AFP / ILYAS AKENGIN (Photo credit should read ILYAS AKENGIN/AFP/Getty Images)
Celebrators, some holding portraits of jailed Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan, top left, shout as they gather to celebrate Nowruz in Diyarbakir, Turkey, Monday, March 21, 2016. Thousands of people have gathered in the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir to celebrate the Newroz spring festival. Authorities made arrests in other parts of the country where the festivities were banned. (AP Photo/Murat Bay)
Celebrators gather to celebrate Nowruz in Diyarbakir, Turkey, Monday, March 21, 2016. Thousands of people have gathered in the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir to celebrate the Newroz spring festival. Authorities made arrests in other parts of the country where the festivities were banned. (AP Photo/Murat Bay)
DIYARBAKIR, TURKEY - MARCH 21: People climb a platform adorned with flags during Newroz celebrations, on March 21, 2016 in Diyarbakir, Turkey. Thousands of Kurds gather for the Newroz spring festival in Diyarbakir in southeast Turkey under tight security after months of fighting between security forces and Kurdish separatists, and a series of bombings in Istanbul and Ankara. (Photo by Ulas Tosun/Getty Images)
DIYARBAKIR, TURKEY - MARCH 21: Kurdish men flash v-signs during Newroz celebrations, on March 21, 2016 in Diyarbakir, Turkey. Thousands of Kurds gather for the Newroz spring festival in Diyarbakir in southeast Turkey under tight security after months of fighting between security forces and Kurdish separatists, and a series of bombings in Istanbul and Ankara. (Photo by Ulas Tosun/Getty Images)
DIYARBAKIR, TURKEY - MARCH 21: A Kurdish man flashes a v-sign as he sits on the wood pile during Newroz celebrations, on March 21, 2016 in Diyarbakir, Turkey. Thousands of Kurds gather for the Newroz spring festival in Diyarbakir in southeast Turkey under tight security after months of fighting between security forces and Kurdish separatists, and a series of bombings in Istanbul and Ankara. (Photo by Ulas Tosun/Getty Images)
DIYARBAKIR, TURKEY - MARCH 21: A Kurdish woman flashes V-sign during Newroz celebrations, on March 21, 2016 in Diyarbakir, Turkey. Thousands of Kurds gather for the Newroz spring festival in Diyarbakir in southeast Turkey under tight security after months of fighting between security forces and Kurdish separatists, and a series of bombings in Istanbul and Ankara. (Photo by Ulas Tosun/Getty Images)
DIYARBAKIR, TURKEY - MARCH 21: Kurdish men chant slogans as they flash v-signs during Newroz celebrations, on March 21, 2016 in Diyarbakir, Turkey. Thousands of Kurds gather for the Newroz spring festival in Diyarbakir in southeast Turkey under tight security after months of fighting between security forces and Kurdish separatists, and a series of bombings in Istanbul and Ankara. (Photo by Ulas Tosun/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Turkish Kurds gather during Newroz celebrations in Diyarbakir, on March 21, 2016. Nowruz, the Farsi-language word for 'New Year', is an ancient Persian festival, celebrated on the first day of spring, on March 21, in Central Asian republics, Iraq, Turkey, Afghanistan and Iran. / AFP / ILYAS AKENGIN (Photo credit should read ILYAS AKENGIN/AFP/Getty Images)
DIYARBAKIR, TURKEY - MARCH 21: A Kurdish man flashes the v-sign in front of a giant fire during Newroz celebrations, on March 21, 2016 in Diyarbakir, Turkey. Thousands of Kurds gather for the Newroz spring festival in Diyarbakir in southeast Turkey under tight security after months of fighting between security forces and Kurdish separatists, and a series of bombings in Istanbul and Ankara. (Photo by Ulas Tosun/Getty Images)
DIYARBAKIR, TURKEY - MARCH 21: Women wearing traditional dresses dance during a gathering to celebrate Newroz, on March 21, 2016 in Diyarbakir, Turkey. Thousands of Kurds gather for the Newroz spring festival in Diyarbakir in southeast Turkey under tight security after months of fighting between security forces and Kurdish separatists, and a series of bombings in Istanbul and Ankara. (Photo by Ulas Tosun/Getty Images)
A woman carries a portraits of jailed Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan, as she takes part in a gathering to celebrate Nowruz in Diyarbakir, Turkey, Monday, March 21, 2016. Thousands of people have gathered in the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir to celebrate the Newroz spring festival. Authorities made arrests in other parts of the country where the festivities were banned. (AP Photo/Murat Bay)
Turkish Kurds gather as part of Newroz celebrations in Diyarbakir, on March 21, 2016. Nowruz, the Farsi-language word for 'New Year', is an ancient Persian festival, celebrated on the first day of spring, on March 21, in Central Asian republics, Iraq, Turkey, Afghanistan and Iran. / AFP / ILYAS AKENGIN (Photo credit should read ILYAS AKENGIN/AFP/Getty Images)
DIYARBAKIR, TURKEY - MARCH 21: Kurds wave flags during Newroz celebrations, on March 21, 2016 in Diyarbakir, Turkey. Thousands of Kurds gather for the Newroz spring festival in Diyarbakir in southeast Turkey under tight security after months of fighting between security forces and Kurdish separatists, and a series of bombings in Istanbul and Ankara. (Photo by Ulas Tosun/Getty Images)
DIYARBAKIR, TURKEY - MARCH 21: A view looking up to people climbing on a platform adorned with flags during Newroz celebrations, on March 21, 2016 in Diyarbakir, Turkey. Thousands of Kurds gather for the Newroz spring festival in Diyarbakir in southeast Turkey under tight security after months of fighting between security forces and Kurdish separatists, and a series of bombings in Istanbul and Ankara. (Photo by Ulas Tosun/Getty Images)
DIYARBAKIR, TURKEY - MARCH 21: Kurdish men flash v-signs during Newroz celebrations, on March 21, 2016 in Diyarbakir, Turkey. Thousands of Kurds gather for the Newroz spring festival in Diyarbakir in southeast Turkey under tight security after months of fighting between security forces and Kurdish separatists, and a series of bombings in Istanbul and Ankara. (Photo by Ulas Tosun/Getty Images)
People gather to celebrate Nowruz in Diyarbakir, Turkey, Monday, March 21, 2016. Thousands of people have gathered in the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir to celebrate the Newroz spring festival. Authorities made arrests in other parts of the country where the festivities were banned. (AP Photo/Murat Bay)
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Nowruz, the Farsi-language word for "new day," is an ancient Persian festival celebrated on the first day of spring in the Central Asian republics, Iraq, Turkey, Afghanistan and Iran.

Thousands of Kurds gathered for the Nowruz spring festival in Diyarbakir in southeast Turkey on Monday under tight security after months of fighting between security forces and Kurdish separatists, and a series of recent bombings in Istanbul and Ankara.

Migrant Kurds Celebrate 'Newroz' Spring Festival

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