Fire lights the way for Kurds in Akre 'Kurdistan's Newroz capital'
Thousands of people gathered in Akre on Wednesday night to usher in the 2719th Newroz holiday.
People carried torches up a winding hill in the historically diverse city about 60 kilometers north of the Kurdistan Region's capital of Erbil.
Thursday is a national holiday and events will continue to celebrate the start of spring, renewal, and the new year.
Photos by Safin Hamed | AFP