Iraqi Kurds welcome start of brand-new year with dances, fireworks

2021-03-22.

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Iraqi Kurds invited the start of their brand-new year, which fell on Saturday, with standard dances, flares and fireworks.

Newroz, as its understood, has a custom going back more than 3,000 years and is likewise an event of the start of spring.

For the Kurds, it’s the most essential celebration of the year, in addition to a sign of political resistance: According to legend, it returns to the victory over a high-handed ruler; to reveal the news, the conqueror is stated to have actually lit a fire. Thus, bonfires have actually constantly played an essential function in the events of the brand-new year.

These days, Kurds likewise frequently associate the brand-new year event with demonstrations – for instance, for more autonomy in their areas.

Newroz is commemorated in the Balkans, the Black Sea area, the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Middle East either on March 20 or 21. It is thought about by UNESCO to be an intangible cultural heritage.

Iraqi Kurds welcome start of brand-new year with dances, fireworks