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Our People

The Kurds are from parts of Northern Region of Iraq, Western Region of Iran, Southern Region of Turkey and the Eastern part of Syria in what is known as Kurdistan.

Kurds speak Kurdish (Kurdee) which is an Indo-European language. 

Kurds are predominantly Sunni Muslims though other religions are practiced such as Christianity, Yezidi, Kakeyi, etc..

The traditional attire for Kurds is for men to wear baggy pants, usually with earthy colored tones and women wear colorful dresses

As the saying goes, the Kurds have no friends but the mountains. Coincidentally geographically, the Kurdish regions are very mountainous where the climate is semi-arid continental: very hot and dry in the summer, and cold and wet in the winter.

 

Our Culture

Kurdish Flag: Established in 1920 at the Paris Peace Conference. The Kurdish Flag is red, white and green with a yellow sun that has 21 rays. The 21 rays are a symbol of the rebirth of the Kurdish nation, identity, and dignity. Rebirth is in accordance to Newroz, which is on March 21st. The 21 rays also have special significance to the native Yazidi religious tradition of the Kurds. The red color represents the blood of the martyrs and the continued struggle for freedom and dignity. The green color represents the beauty of Kurdish landscapes, life and vitality. The yellow color represents the life and the life of the people. The white color represents peace and equality.

Kurdish New Year: Newroz is the most important and commonly celebrated holiday amongst the Kurds. The New Year begins on March 21st, the spring equinox or the beginning of spring. The holiday celebrates the deliverance of the Kurds from a tyrant and it is seen as another way of demonstrating support for the Kurdish cause. Common themes include: large gatherings of family and friends, fire pits, dancing, special foods, enjoying nature, etc.

Other Important Holidays: Ramadan and Eid. Ramadan, one of the five pillars of Islam, is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar and is observed by Muslims worldwide. It is a month of fasting from sun up to sun down (Rojee) to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief. Following Ramadan is Eid al-Fitr, which is the “festival of breaking of the fast.” It is celebrated worldwide by Muslims and includes large feasts and other celebratory festivities. Family and friends get together and celebrate. Eid means happiness and teaches you to laugh and love. Charity towards the poor, another pillar in Islam, is conducted during this time as well.

Our Dream

Our ultimate dream is to have an independent Kurdistan. A nation where the Kurds can call their homeland even though a full united Kurdistan may not happen at once, the Kurds still dream for a part of the four regions as opposed to none.