Newroz 2009

I was on Newroz 2009 in Solnahallen (Newroz is a kurdish new year)

Newroz (Kurdish: نه‌ورۆز) refers to the celebration of the traditional Iranian new year holiday of Newroz in Kurdish society. Newroz is celebrated throughout the countries of the Middle East and Central Asia such as in Iran, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan and Turkey. Newroz is also celebrated by some communities in Pakistan. In Kurdish legend, 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.The celebration is commonly transliterated Newroz by the Kurds and coincides with the spring equinox which falls mainly on 21st March and the festival is held usually between the 18th and 24th of March. The festival currently has an important place in the terms of Kurdish identity for the majority of Kurds, mostly in Turkey and Syria. Though celebrations vary, people generally gather together to welcome the coming of spring; people wear coloured clothes and flags of green, yellow and red, the colours of the Kurdish people are waved.

The famous Kurdish writer and poet Piramerd (1867-1950) writes in his 1948 poem Newroz:

The New Year’s day is today. Newroz is back.
An ancient Kurdish festival, with joy and verdure.
For many years, the flower of our hopes was downtrodden
The fresh rose of spring was the blood of the youth
It was that red colour on the high horizon of Kurd
Which was carrying the happy tidings of dawn to remote and near nations
It was Newroz which imbued the hearts with such a fire
That made the youth receive death with devoted love
Hooray! The sun is shining from the high mountains of homeland
It is the blood of our martyrs which the horizon reflects
It has never happened in the history of any nation
To have the breasts of girls as shields against bullets
Nay. It is not worth crying and mourning for the martyrs of homeland
They die not. They live on in the heart of the nation.

 

Last Saturday when I was on newroz (14 / 3 2009) in solna hall  it was really a lot of people. The party started 17:00, though I recommend not come when they just talk rubbish. We arrived around 18:00 because we wanted the table there if you come late it isn’t any table left. After 19:00 my best friend come and then I start to walk around with her, after about 21:00 so began the feast, Do you know how boring it was to sit and listen to that kind of a political speech. Anyways so began the party and everyone started dancing and that. We came home 01:20.

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