Duhok Unifies All Colors in a Carnival
In the 44th anniversary of being a governorate, Duhok celebrates the event for the first time in its history by conducting a cultural carnival lasted for two days. The carnival was celebrated in attendance of colors and voices from cities of Kurdistan Region and the four parts of Kurdistan in addition to representatives of 14 foreign countries and hundreds of Duhok people. The carnival is the first of its type in Duhok since it became a governorate in 1969. The carnival raised the slogan of "all colors unify in the carnival" indicating to all minorities and beliefs live in Duhok.
The carnival started with adorned trucks rallying on the streets, each representing a district and a directorate in the province. All minorities and ethnicities such Ezidies, Christians participated in their forms, presenting their culture and folklore. The rally continued in the streets till reaching Zeri Park in the middle of Duhok city, where they welcomed by Duhok Council Chairman and The KRG Minister of Culture and Youth.
In a speech he delivered at the carnival, the Minister of Culture and Youth, Kawa Mahmood said that 44 years passed after becoming a governorate, but the history of Duhok backs to more than 4000 years ago, and it's one of the most ancient civilizations. "When we talk about Duhok, we say the Colorful Duhok all the time, because it’s colorful with its nature, various components, religions and minorities" said Kawa Mahmood in his speech to guests and participants of the carnival. He mentioned that the carnival should be celebrated in a wider form in the coming years, so that the new generation learns how our fathers and grandfathers gained these achievements.
As the Chairman of Council of Duhok Governorate, Fazil Omer showed his and the Council's support for celebrating this event in the future and said that it's a great honor to people of Duhok that they city is famous of coexistence of different colors. He urged people to keep this culture among them. "People with their different colors, have been able to keep the city secure and stable, while some neighboring countries live in wars misery" said Fazil Omer.
Later on, Head of General Directorate of Culture and Youth in Duhok, Ayob Ramadan, explained their aim in organizing such a carnival in Duhok saying that the carnival was held to raise the name of Duhok socially, culturally and economically and bring them into view to all the world. "Combining singers and artists from all parts of Kurdistan was one our main aim, we hope that in future we can present our people a small service by these carnivals and make it international" went on Ayob Ramadan, suggesting that in the coming years they may only specify a location and people in their various col- ors attend it and celebrate the carnival by themselves. Mohammad Wahab is one of the participants of the carnival from Kirkuk; he came to Duhok along with other 20 members of Brotherhood and Youths of Kirkuk Delegation which consisted of various components of the city, he says they're invited by the Ministry of Culture and Youth and expressed his delight for participating is such a carnival. "I hope the carnival is celebrated one day in Kirkuk as well, and the security and stabil- ity of this city comes to existence in Kirkuk as well" said Wahab.
Duhok is one of three main provinces of Kurdistan Region of Iraq; it consists of seven districts of Duhok, Amedi, Akre, Bardarash, Semel, Shekhan and Zakho. It became a governorate on April 27th 1969. Duhok is known as the city of coexistence as Muslims, Christians, Ezidies, Ermens and other minorities live together in the province.