On the Tuesday before Novruz (March 20 or 21 which can occur on any day), bonfires are built in the streets and fields throughout the country. Typically, the young boys run and jump over the fire. It is supposed to represent a fresh start in the new year. Here a fire had been built outside the 15th-century Shirvanshah Complex in the Inner City of Baku.
Ivar Magne Auestad
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