Iranians hope for better fortunes in Persian New Year
13 March 2014 Last updated at 15:54 GMT
Iranians are preparing for the Persian New Year and hoping it will bring better financial fortunes.
Nowruz usually sees the shops and bazaars packed with shoppers - but the country is still experiencing the hardships caused by crippling economic sanctions.
However, there is some hope thanks to a landmark nuclear deal reached last November between Iran and world powers.
The BBC's chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet reports from Tehran.