I am arriving to Afghanistan together with the Spring. It is the first day of the new year. And it is the first day of spring. March 21st.
This day is a celebration of new life and has its origins before Islam, in the time of Zoroaster. At New Year, when everything is fresh, and the winter is over, Afghans traditionally goes for picnics. At least so I have been told.
Nowroz is the the Persian New Year and is traditionally celebrated on March 21st.