It is time to leave the gloomy, cold weather behind and welcome the coming of spring. In the northern hemisphere, March 21 marks the first day of spring and it is celebrated from the Balkans to Central Asia with the Nevruz Festival.


Although the origins of this ancient tradition are a matter of historic debate, Nevruz, which means “new day” in Persian, is said to have its origins in Zoroastrianism, the religion of pre-Islamic, Persian empires. According to this religion, March 21 is considered as the day of the earth’s creation and the first day of the new year. While some claim that Turks living in Central Asia were the first people to celebrate the coming of spring, the principle view of Nevruz according to Turkic tradition is the celebration of independence. It marks the day of departure from Ergenekon where the Turks were trapped for years before a blacksmith melted the rock and Asena, a grey wolf, led them to freedom. Ever since, Nevruz has been accepted as the beginning of the new year by Turkic nations around the world and is still honored with vibrant celebrations, including festivals. Regardless of its origins, today Nevruz brings millions of people together to celebrate the awakening of nature. – excerpt from Daily Sabah

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First day of spring in Fethiye

Fethiye Times and some of our readers were out with their cameras yesterday capturing some of the wonderful signs of spring. Here is our spring has sprung gallery

Early morning in Kayaköy by Steve Parsley

A walk to Kayaköy and back to Fethiye by Angela Sowten

Out and about in Fethiye

Looking across Fethiye to Çaldağ where the snow is slowly melting
A snow capped Babagağ rising majestically over Fethiye
The canals are running higher as the snow melts

Spring is bursting out all over

Out with the old and in with the new

The Pomegranate (Nar) trees are budding whilst the fruit not harvested this year rots on the tree
Orange trees blossom heralding the new harvest while a lone orange waits to be picked

Spring birdsong

We hope you have enjoyed our gallery of spring photographs. Thank you to our readers who contributed and to Hülya Yamanoğlu for the featured photograph.