President Emomali Rakhmon gives a speech opening the Novruz festivities at the Dushanbe Hippodrome on March 25.
Nothing highlights the Tajik government's efforts to forge a distinct national identity better than the country's annual Novruz festivities. This year, officials emphasized Tajikistan's Persian roots during the week-long celebration.
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David Trilling is EurasiaNet's Central Asia editor.
Tajikistan Highlights Persian Roots with Novruz Celebration