2708 Kurdish New Year

2708 Kurdish New Year
Kurdish women and flag
Kurdish women and flag

Story: Molly Butler Photos: Seraphin Nyirenda

On the 21st March 2008, the Kurdish Community Centre organised a Newroz fesitval on Ellesmere Road.

It was a cold, drizzly day but I was greeted by the lively music and dancing of the local Kurdish community celebrating their New Year or Newroz, which is on the first day of spring. The atmosphere was vibrant and emotional. The children were busily making a bonfire whilst the adults, many dressed in traditional attire, performed their dances with enthusiasm, waving scarves and flags. Once the fire was lit, everyone gathered round to sing the Kurdish National Anthem.

Kurdish men dancing
Kurdish men dancing

I was perplexed by the date on the banner – 2,708 – I was informed by Mahsoom that it represented the date that Kawa Ahenger, an important symbol of the Kurdish struggle, toppled the tyrannical regime. I spoke to Hussein, Fueet, Alan and Adil who said they thought the event was wonderful. Adil said it filled him with emotion for his culture.

Youtube videos of Kurdish new year celebrations





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