MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan — Conspicuously missing from the celebration of Persian New Year in the Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif on Thursday were two things the event is famous for: the profusion of tulips that turn the surrounding deserts red, and the commanding presence of the regional strongman, former Governor Atta Mohammed Noor.
A hard winter has delayed the blooms, and a bitter and sometimes violent dispute with the central government has meant that Mr. Noor did not attend the main ceremony in Mazar for the first time in recent memory. He was replaced by President Ashraf Ghani, who presided over the ceremonial raising of the jahenda bala banner at the city’s magnificent Blue Mosque.
The result of the dispute has been a decided taming of Mazar’s rollicking Nowruz celebrations, which greet the Persian New Year and the spring equinox with an outpouring of street parties, games, fireworks, music, dancing and picnicking that draws hundreds of thousands of people from every corner of Afghanistan.
The event is so raucous that every year conservative mullahs inveigh against the occasion, with little effect. Even the Taliban gave up on trying to ban it while they were in power.
What cast a pall over this year’s celebration was President Ghani’s decision last week to fire the local police chief, a protégé of Mr. Noor, and replace him with his own candidate. Mr. Noor’s armed supporters and the local police resisted, but Mr. Ghani sent in Special Forces troops to take over the police headquarters. A brief spasm of fighting killed one policeman and wounded 20 others, mostly civilians, and Mr. Ghani had his way.
Afghan Army troops remain on the streets, blocking vehicles’ access to the Blue Mosque and searching everyone who enters. Mr. Noor has vowed to take action, saying that the police chief’s appointment violates an agreement with Mr. Ghani that Mr. Noor would be consulted on such moves.
During Nowruz festivities, nearly every home is filled to bursting with guests from other parts of the country. Nasratullah Qarizada, a dress importer in Kabul, the capital, who is from Mazar, said he had many fewer guests this year — but there were still around 40 people.
The fear of violence diminished, but did not stop, the party. The streets were filled with revelers, even as shopkeepers complained they were not as numerous as in past years. Small crowds gathered wherever an egg-fighting match took place: a game with obscure rules in which hard-boiled eggs are bashed against one another to see whose egg is toughest. Warplanes flew overhead, firing off chaff with embedded fairy lights.
Nor did the lack of the usual stunning fields of flowers around the northern city, the region’s most famous springtime feature, stop the legions of picnickers from laying their carpets on the green fields and mountainsides, although they dressed warmly against the chill of a lingering winter.
“We are sick of this war,” Nawaz Sharif Khan said, squatting on a carpet with six friends and relatives. A shopkeeper from Kabul, he had come to picnic, play soccer, go to concerts and enjoy being in a city with a reputation as the safest in the country. “On this day here we forget all our memories of war,” he said.
Mazar-i-Sharif’s reputation as a haven is challenged by the embarrassing sight of troops in the streets, at a time when Afghanistan’s American allies are negotiating peace terms with the Taliban in talks that have so far sidelined the country’s fractious and deeply divided government.
Mr. Noor’s public relations adviser, Taher Qadri, complained that the recent fighting with the government had spoiled this year’s Nowruz.
“When Governor Noor, that is Mr. Noor, was in charge, we never had a single bullet fired,” he said. “This year there are thousands fewer people here, because of the tensions. Even all of my friends from Kabul, none of them came up.”
Mr. Noor is often referred to as the king of Balkh, the province, an impression reinforced by a billboard on the road in from Mazar’s international airport showing Mr. Noor wearing a crown so big it could make Queen Elizabeth blush. (Mr. Qadri’s spin on that: It is actually a Turkmen hat, and the jewels were embroidered baubles.)
A former warlord and stalwart of the fight against the Soviets in the 1980s, Mr. Noor parlayed his position as governor into fabulous wealth from what diplomats say was his control of trade and smuggling. Then in late 2017, Mr. Ghani fired him as governor — the president appoints all provincial governors — but Mr. Noor simply refused to leave office.
When Mr. Noor finally did step down last year, it was on the condition that he could handpick his successor as governor, as well as other officials.
Fears that Nowruz would erupt in violence amid crowds of hundreds of thousands of people were initially allayed, however, when Mr. Ghani’s defense minister, Asadullah Khalid, met Wednesday night with Mr. Noor in his palatial home, a series of buildings connected by massive underground halls.
Over dinner, the two discussed security and Mr. Noor’s aides said he had agreed to keep the calm — at least until after the Nowruz celebrations.
At the heart of those celebrations is the raising of the jahenda bala banner on a thick 40-foot pole topped by a massive silver and gold finial, at the Blue Mosque. The banner symbolizes the prophet Ali, revered by Shiite Muslims in Afghanistan, many of whom believe he is buried in the mosque. (Most Shiites say he lies in Najaf, Iraq.)
But the jahenda bala is revered by all Afghans as well, a tradition that many say has its origins in ancient Zoroastrian traditions, dating back to the mythical King Jamshid, who was believed by the ancients to have risen as the sun to stop an endless winter from wiping out all life on earth.
The writer Samay Hamed, a Mazar native, said: “Nowruz means ‘new day,’ so people consider it a new start. It’s also a national and traditional cultural celebration with roots before Islam, thousands of years ago.”
When the jahenda bala was raised Thursday, hoisted by four ropes in front of the Blue Mosque, cannons were fired and security personnel struggled to keep back enthusiastic crowds seeking to kiss or just touch the pole. A popular superstition is that if the massive pole is dropped or falls, disaster will befall Afghanistan in the coming year.
That mishap, at least, did not happen to the jahenda bala this year. Nor had it in recent years, even as the country has endured over 17 years of war with no easy end in sight.B:
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